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Understanding Your Bill

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How to Calculate Your Water Bill (Residential Customers)

Your water bill (view example of your bill) adds up the following costs:

  • Storm Drainage Fee (Fixed charge depending on square footage pays for the cleaning, repair, maintenance and improvement of the city’s storm drain system.)
  • Water (This is a tiered rate based on the amount of water used.)
  • Wastewater (Base fee plus variable rate billed on either the winter month average or the current month’s water usage.)
  • Trash/Recycling Service (Fixed charge pays for garbage and recycling pickup services.)
  • Voluntary Donation (You can help those in need keep their water on by automatically adding as little as $1 a month to your water bill through the Water Assistance Program.)
  • Garbage Tax (This is a State of Texas tax for Real Property Services associated with the removal or collection of garbage.)

View current billing rates for water, wastewater, storm drainage and garbage. Learn more about how each category is calculated below.

Storm Drainage Fee
Water Use
Wastewater Use
Trash/Recycling Service
Voluntary Donation
Garbage Tax