Big Water Rate Hike Proposed For Some Texas Residents

AUSTIN (January 15, 2014) The Lower Colorado River Authority is proposing a nearly 20 percent rate hike for some water users as Texas continues to recover from the drought.

Rates for water across the Colorado River basin could increase next year, as the LCRA, which has asked for public input, seeks higher rates to help pay for new supplies.

Lakes Travis and Buchanan, the region's major reservoirs, were at 38 percent of capacity Wednesday.

The potential rate scale announced Tuesday for LCRA's most expensive water could increase from $151 per acre-foot to just more than $179.

Users include industry and such cities as Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Burnet, Dripping Springs, Leander and Marble Falls.

Each acre-foot is the amount of water needed to flood an acre to a depth of 1 foot.

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