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Your Utility Bill

A City of Wichita Falls Utility Bill consists of the following four services:
Water
Water is a metered service.  Meters are read monthly as close to 30 days as possible.  The previous read and present read appear on the bill.  One consumption usage of water is equivalent to 748 gallons, and is computed on a conservation rate schedule.  All meters have a base charge, which varies by meter size.  The base charge is added to the computed usage to calculate your total monthly water charge.
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Sewer
Sewer is a non-metered service.  Residential sewer rates are based on water consumption December through March.  Averages are calculated during this period when outside usage should be at a minimal.  The average is multiplied by a sewer rate and the sewer base charge is added to compute your new total monthly sewer charge.  Your new sewer charges will reflect each year on your April or May utility bill for the entire year.  Commercial sewer is not averaged; it is computed monthly based on water usage.

Trash Disposal
Residential and commercial garbage is billed monthly plus tax.  Residential service includes two pick ups per week. Commercial services will be picked up on scheduled days.

 

 

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Storm Water
Monthly storm water fees are billed based on the square footage of a lot. The proceeds fund programs mandated by the state and federal government to comply with the Federal Clean Water Act of 1972 and subsequent amendments in 1987 that require each state to implement a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program which regulates the pollutants being discharged into storm drain systems that eventually end up in the oceans, bays and rivers. In Texas, each City must have a Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) permit approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
To remain in compliance with our permit, it was necessary to develop a Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) that identifies the activities the City will perform to comply with the Federal and State unfunded mandates.  The storm water services provided by the City include programs to; educate and involve the public regarding water quality issues and requirements, develop storm sewer mapping of the entire drainage system outfalls and receiving waters, conduct a comprehensive enforcement program for commercial, industrial and residential areas, conduct an illicit discharge detection and elimination component to identify, find and eliminate pollutants in the storm drain system, develop, implement and enforce control of pollutant runoff from new development and construction sites, develop requirements for industrial, commercial, residential and municipal categories to control pollutant discharges, implement a comprehensive storm drain cleaning program and coordinate with emergency response personnel on storm drain violations.   
Past Due Payments
Any balance not paid the previous month will appear in the past due (PD line of your bill).  A 5% late charge (LC) will be added to any amount five days past the due date