YOUR RATES will GO UP.
When rural water systems aren't fairly compensated for their investments or permitted in the proper way, the rate payers foot the bill.
CERTIFICATE OF CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY
Certificates of Convenience and Necessity (CCNs) are issued to public utilities, giving them the right and obligation to provide water utility service to a particular geographic area.
Rural water systems provide clean drinking water to millions of Texas residents. They also invest in infrastructure to account for expected growth and improve services for their customers.
But land developers can negate years of planning and costly investment by stripping a system of valuable pieces of its service area.
Without compensation for utilities for their lost investment, Texas residents are forced to make up the gap with increased rates.
Rural water systems need a just and fair method for determining their compensatory losses. If land developers don't pay for the loss, Texans will.
This can be done by amending Chapter 13 of the Water Code to create a more fair process.
Send a letter to your legislator. to let them know rural utilities should be fairly compensated when their service area is taken away.
GROUNDWATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Groundwater Conservation Districts (GCDs) are responsible for issuing permits for the extraction of groundwater within certain boundaries.
Many GCDs issue permits to rural water systems based on their needs and historic use.
However, others have begun issuing permits strictly based on the applicant’s land ownership at their well site.
This has required some rural utilities to enter into costly land purchase or lease agreements to secure the water needed to serve their customers.
That cost is then passed on to Texas residents in the form of higher water rates.
Rural water systems need to receive water permits sufficient to supply the needs of their community, which will ensure affordable and accessible water.
By forcing systems to purchase land to service customers they are obligated by law to serve, customers are on the hook and pay higher water rates.
Contact your state representative and senator and let them know that rural utilities should have access to the groundwater their customers need.