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Starting on March 1, 2022, the City of Blanco will begin its partnership with Inframark.


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2021 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) 

In 2021, the City of Blanco detected 8 contaminants in the drinking water and 1 of them were above the EPA accepted level for drinking water. Please go to https://cityofblancotx.gov/documents/383/2021_CCR_-_Blanco.TX.pdf to view your 2021 annual water quality report and learn more about your drinking water. This report contains important information about the source and quality of your drinking water. For a translation of the water quality report or to speak with someone about the report please call 830-833-4525.  If you would like a paper copy mailed to your home, please call 830-833-4525.


PW FEES:

(a) Water and sewer:

   (1) Water and sewer tap fees:

      (A) Water tap charges: Water service connection inside the city will be $1,200.00 ($1,750.00 outside the city limits) for installation of a standard 5/8" - 3/4" meter from the city main. Any other size meter will be charged to the consumer at the actual cost of the meter, labor and material. However, the actual cost shall not be less than the amount set forth in the first sentence of this subsection.

      (B) Sewer tap charges: Sewer service connection inside the city will be $1,200.00 ($1,750.00 outside the city limits) for installation of a standard 4" service tap at the city main. Any other size tap will be charged to the consumer at the actual cost of the tap, labor and material. However, the actual cost shall not be less than the amount set forth in the first sentence of this subsection.

   (2) New meter (customer request): Sold at cost to city with additional fees for installation.

   (3) Hose bib vacuum breakers (with CSI): $8.00.

   (4) Pressure reducing valves: Sold at cost to city with additional fees for installation.

   (5) Hydrant meter for bulk water deposit: $1,500.00.

   (6) Hydrant meter bulk water: $350.00 monthly + $7.00 per 1,000 gallons of usage.

   (7) City standpipe bulk water: $25.00 per 1,000 gallons.

   (8) City well bulk water: $15.00 per 1,000 gallons.

   (9) Hydrant meter relocation fee: $50.00.

(b) City property:

   (1) Illegal connection/theft of services fee: $1,000.00 (plus possible criminal charges brought by the city).

   (2) Meter tampering fee: $500.00.

   (3) Broken meter lid fee: $35.00.

   (4) Meter box replacement: $50.00.

   (5) Broken sewer clean-out fee:

      (A) 4": $40.00.

      (B) 6"+: $80.00.

   (6) Fire hydrant damage: $250.00 plus any additional charges for replacement or repair.

   (7) Water/wastewater main damage:

      (A) $500.00 initial fine.

      (B) Cost of repair.

      (C) Water loss at $25.00 per 1,000 gallons.

   (8) Fence damage: $350.00 plus additional charges for replacement or repair.

   (9) Sign damage: $100.00 plus additional charges for replacement or repair.

   (10) Street damage: Actual cost of replacement or repair.

   (11) Traffic barricade deposit: $50.00 each.

   (12) Traffic cone deposit: $20.00 each.

   (13) Equipment charge for repair: $100.00/hour per tractor.

   (14) Personnel charge for repair: $50.00/hour per man.

   (15) Sewer cleanout boot replacement: $250.00.

   (16) Other damage: Any other damage to city property will be calculated on a case-by-case basis.

(c) Water tower rental fees for communication: $1,000.00 per month, per provider, 3-year contract.

(d) Cielo Springs infrastructure fee: $20.00. Water lines in Cielo Springs cost PW approximately $15,000.00 annually. $15.00 of the fee would cover the annual repairs, while the additional $5.00 would feed a CIP for future replacement.

(Ordinance 2019-009 adopted 11/12/19; Ordinance 2020-O-0010, sec. 2.2(a), (b), adopted 9/8/20; Ordinance 2020-O-011, amnds. 1, 3, 4, 8, adopted 9/8/20)


 Schedule of rates and charges:

(a) Garbage collection and disposal charges. The following monthly charges shall be made for the collection and disposal of residential garbage or trash in the city:

   (1) Residential service: $14.51 plus tax.

   (2) Commercial rate: $19.35 plus tax.

(b) Miscellaneous fees:

   (1) Delinquent fee: Note: After 3 consecutive delinquent accounts within a year, residential water customers will be charged another deposit fee of $150.00. Commercial water customers will be charged another deposit fee of $200.00 after 3 consecutive delinquent accounts.

   (2) Meter re-read fee: $20.00 (fee waived if incorrect reading due to employee error or equipment malfunction).

   (3) Pull meter fee: $25.00.

   (4) After-hours service charge: $50.00/hr. One-hour minimum.

   (5) Temporary service connect/disconnect: $20.00.

   (6) Backflow prevention test: $80.00 (extra charges may apply for repairs).

   (7) Transfer fee: $20.00.

   (8) Meter accuracy check fee: $30.00.

   (9) Reconnection fee from nonpayment: $30.00.

   (10) Returned check fee: $25.00.

   (11) Grease trap application fee: $65.00.

   (12) Grease trap inspection fee: $75.00.

   (13) Residential and commercial deposits, connect fee and CSI fee:

      (A) Deposit:

         (i) Deposit for new service shall be in the total amount of $150.00 whether for water, sewer and garbage and/or any combination thereof. Garbage service only deposit is $150.00.

         (ii) Refund of deposit shall be made on the termination of service, less any amount owing to the city.

      (B) Residential:

         (i) Connect fee: $10.00 (nonrefundable).

         (ii) CSI fee: $35.00 (customer service inspection required by city).

      (C) Commercial:

         (i) Connect fee: $10.00 (nonrefundable).

         (ii) CSI fee: $50.00 (customer service inspection required by city).

      (D) Industrial CSI fee: $75.00.

      (E) There must be a deposit with each meter.

       (F) Any delinquent accounts or nonpayment will have services turned off by the city and water will not be turned back on until a new deposit is secured, and/or the landlord requests sole responsibility for the account. No water service will be turned on without a deposit and the account is paid up to date.

(c) Residential, commercial, industrial, irrigation meters, multi-family, exempt and special conditions.

   (1) Ordinance 2020-O-006 adopted 6/9/20. [see also subsection (2)]

Water/Sewer Rate Implementation

9-Jun

City council approval

Immediate

Sewer rate increase applied

1-Jul

Reinstate late fees and disconnects

1-Oct

Commercial rates applied

1-Oct

Industrial rates applied

1-Dec

Residential rates applied

Immediate negotiation

Special condition accounts will begin immediate identification/negotiation with a contract implemented October 1 for annual review, per contract terms.

Hydrant meter

Bulk rate (no proposed increase)

 

$1,500.00 deposit

 

$350.00 meter fee

 

$7.00 per 1,000 gallons

Water/Sewer Rate

 

Monthly

Annually

 

Residential

$72,620.00

$871,440.00

 

Commercial

$20,023.50

$240,282.00

 

Industrial

$10,689.30

$128,271.60

 

Sewer + $12.00

$10,092.00

$121,104.00

Median avg. 30% of water bill

Total

$113,424.80

$1,361,097.60

 

Increase

$13,310.90

$159,730.80

 

Residential

Base meter fee/water rate unchanged.

 

Graduated rate increase based on water usage.

 

0-5,000 unchanged ($7.00 per 1,000 gallons)

 

5,001-10,000 = $8.00 per 1,000 gallons

 

10,001-15,000 = $9.00 per 1,000 gallons

 

Over 15,000 = $10.00 per 1,000 gallons

Commercial

$30.00 meter fee/$7.00 per 1,000 gallon rate C1

 

$50.00 meter fee/$8.00 per 1,000 gallon rate C2

 

Graduated rate increase based on water usage.

 

0-2,000 = $7.00 per 1,000 gallons

 

2,001-10,000 = $8.00 per 1,000 gallons

 

10,001-20,000 = $9.00 per 1,000 gallons

 

Over 20,000 = $10.00 per 1,000 gallons

Industrial

$75.00 meter fee/$8.00 per 1,000 gallons

 

Graduated rate increase based on water usage.

 

0-10,000 = $8.00 per 1,000 gallons

 

10,001-20,000 = $9.00 per 1,000 gallons

 

Over 20,000 = $10.00 per 1,000 gallons

Irrigation meters

$50.00 meter fee

 

0-10,000 = $8.00 per 1,000 gallons

 

10,001-20,000 = $9.00 per 1,000 gallons

 

Over 20,000 = $10.00 per 1,000 gallons

Multifamily

$35.00 meter fee/$7.00 per 1,000 gallons

Exempt

$30.00 meter fee/$7.00 per 1,000 gallons G1

 

Church, school, nonprofit

Special conditions

Industrial waste permit

 

Water rate: Contract negotiated 3 year

 

Sewer rate: Contract negotiated 3 year

Based on the new TCEQ permit. Contracts should be negotiated for industrial waste permits with water and sewer rates effective October 2020. Industrial waste permits to be reviewed annually.

Special conditions (industrial waste permit) will provide contractual negotiations for water and sewer rates for 3 years as permit allows.

   (2) Ordinance 2020-O-0010 adopted 9/8/20 - Adjusted water and sewer rates. Water and sewer rates shall equal the current rates structure plus 20 percent of the difference between the current rates structure and the recommended rates with depreciation set forth in the schedule A attached to Ordinance 2020-O-0010 (the “adjusted rate”).

   (3) Industrial waste permit: Negotiated per user volume/requirements.

(d) Other services.

   (1) Reclaimed water sales: $10.00 per 1,000 gallons.

   (2) Brush disposal: $25.00 per load.

(Ordinance 2019-009 adopted 11/12/19; Ordinance 2020-O-006 adopted 6/9/20; Ordinance 2020-O-0010, secs. 2.1, 2.2(c), 2.2(d), adopted 9/8/20; Ordinance 2020-O-011, amnds. 2, 6, 7, adopted 9/8/20; Ordinance adopting Code)


Drought response fees:

Charge for reconnection of service after disconnection for violation: $60.00. (Ordinance 2017-O-005, att. E, sec. X, adopted 4/11/17)

Locations

City of Blanco Annex
503 Pecan Street
Blanco, Texas 78606