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Pasco rates for water, sewer and reclaimed water to increase this month

Small increases are phased in based on a rate study conducted by the county.
West Pasco Government Center.
West Pasco Government Center. [ Special to the Times ]
Published Oct. 1

NEW PORT RICHEY — Higher rates for water, sewer and reclaimed water will kick in for Pasco County utilities customers beginning this month.

The average residential customer using 6,000 gallons of water will see a monthly billing increase from $79 to $81.30. Residential reclaimed water customers will also see small increases in the reclaimed water base charge and the back-flow prevention device fee, along with a new tiered rate for reclaimed water use in excess of 10,000 gallons

The base monthly charge for reclaimed water is now $11, up from $10.73 which includes the first 10,000 gallons. There is now also a fee for every additional 1,000 gallons which is $1.10 and the fee for the back-flow prevention device is $5.99, up from $5.22.

Pasco County Utilities fees benefit all customers, as Pasco uses these revenues to maintain, repair and replace water, wastewater and reclaimed water systems, officials said.

“The revenue helps ensure that all customers have reliable access to safe, clean drinking water every day,” said utilities customer service director Sandra Anderson. “With these changes we also strongly encourage all customers, regardless of water source, to ensure that irrigation systems are working correctly and efficiently to avoid higher bills.”

The new four-year rate schedule took effect Oct. 1, 2021 and was based on a Cost of Service Rate Study, which determined the changes. The study includes projected annual adjustments to service rates, fees, and charges through 2025.

For more information on rates and fees, visit: https://www.pascocountyfl.net/1422/Rates.