Why are water rates expected to go up even though water use is down?
The City normally sells approximately 7.6 billion gallons of water per year. In the last fiscal year, this dropped to about 5.8 billion gallons. Since the majority of City water revenues come from the actual amount of water used (volume charges) and not the base monthly (fixed) charge, it has an enormous impact on the budget. Because of this, water revenues for the last fiscal year were $4 million below budget due to drought restrictions.

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1. How does the long term reuse project work?
2. Did the City try cloud seeding?
3. Why are water rates expected to go up even though water use is down?
4. Why can’t you just cut the budget to make up the difference and not raise rates?
5. So, why can’t the City cut fixed costs?
6. What are some of the main reasons water rates have gone up?
7. Are you going to do anything to minimize the impact to water users?
8. Why does this seem to only be happening in Wichita Falls?
9. Why does it seem like my water bill is still pretty high?
10. How do I read my water bill?
11. What is a CCF?
12. Why doesn’t the City use gallons instead of units?
13. Did the City wait too long to start looking for more water?
14. Is the City still looking at building Lake Ringgold?
15. Why didn’t the City dredge Lake Wichita when the Corp of Engineers or highway contractors offered
16. Why doesn’t the City use Lake Wichita as a water source?
17. What is the current cost to dredge Lake Wichita to make it a viable water source?
18. Why isn’t the City using its own heavy equipment on Lake Wichita right now while it’s low?
19. How much water does Castaway Cove use?
20. Why are the fines for water violations so much and who gets all the money?
21. What is the Water Resources Commission and what do they do?
22. I thought the City Council was making all water restriction decisions?
23. Why did this water shortage happen?