HOUSTON – The City of Houston council members voted to approve a proposed hike in water bills by a 12-4 vote.
Now that the motion has passed, water bills would go up 78% in five years.
Here’s what the hike would mean for you if you live in the city:
A home that is billed for 3,000 gallons of water currently pays a little more than $27 a month. If the hike is approved, that amount would jump to more than $31 next month. Five years from now, it would be closer to $49. That’s a 78% increase in just five years.
The hike is meant to pay for “infrastructure upgrades” and cover fines related to waste-water pollution.
The hike is expected to go into effect on September 1.