EL PASO, Texas - The public service board for El Paso Water is discussing the proposed budget for 2018-2019 on Monday.
Officials say because of an increasing population, additional water supply will be needed starting in 2030. The amount of water needed is expected to nearly double by 2070.
Therefore, a rate hike could be in the future. El Paso Water is proposing a $490 million budget for 2018-2019, that's $26 million more than this year. Officials are proposing an 8% increase to your water bill, that's an additional $3.98 for the average customer per month.
Officials are looking into diversifying where the city gets its water from. They plan on spending millions of dollars to upgrade and build new infrastructure. For example, they say nearly $30 million is needed to replace aging water and wastewater lines. They say they need about $11 million for new water storage tanks.
At a previous meeting, officials already projected increasing stormwater bills by 2%, or 8 cents a month, for next year.
The board will vote on the proposed rates in January.