LCRA hosting meeting to discuss proposed water rates

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MARBLE FALLS — The Lower Colorado River Authority is hosting a meeting March 31 at Lakeside Pavilion to discuss proposed new raw water rates.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. LCRA staff will be available one on one to discuss the proposed rates and other water-related issues before the meeting. The meeting’s focus will be on the proposed new rates.

The pavilion is located at 307 Buena Vista Drive.

LCRA is proposing new water rates for both irrigation customers and firm-water customers such as cities, industries and community water providers. Water utilities that buy water from the LCRA set their own rates for businesses and homes that they serve. Each utility would decide how new rates would affect its retail customers such as residents and businesses.

The proposed rates would allow the LCRA to fully recover existing costs and the costs of new water supplies. The proposed rates also simplify the structure for interruptible customers.

“We invite anyone who has a question about the proposed rates to come visit with us,” said Karen Bondy, LCRA senior vice president of Water Resources. “Getting feedback is a critical step in this process. The proposed rates are preliminary and could change based on what we hear from our customers and the public.”

A second meeting is scheduled April 3 at the Bee Cave City Hall, 4000 Galleria Parkway in Bee Cave. It also starts at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Detailed information about the proposed new water rates is posted at www.lcra.org and will be available at the meetings. People may also email comment@lcra.org with comments on the proposed rates.

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