Austin officials consider rate increase due to water cutbacks

Austin officials consider rate increase due to water cutbacks

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Austin residents are doing a good job of conserving water, that's according to city officials. So what's our reward? Rate increases.

Lakes Travis and Buchanan are getting dangerously close to the all-time low, which is 30-percent full.

We're doing a good job of conserving water, but water officials say our region is still in crisis.

For years, residential and commercial customers have been reducing their water consumption.

The problem is, the city's been collecting less money as a result and according to Austin Water Utility reps, 80-percent of their costs like debt payments and equipment maintenance are "fixed."

Rates in Austin have been steadily climbing for more than a decade and now, we may soon be facing new, higher "drought rates" for our water.

"I think in last year's forecast we had actually a 5% increase in our rate for 2015, but it will likely be higher than that with our current financial condition that we're in," Davis Anders of Austin Water Utility said.

Customers' water bills have pretty much doubled in the past ten years.

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