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League City caps rate for water use in storm

League City Council on March 9 unanimously approved a resolution that will help ease the burden on residents who experienced broken water pipes during the winter storm or who ran their water continuously to prevent pipes from bursting. League City customers use about 10 million gallons of water a day. During the winter storm, that increased to a peak of nearly 25 million gallons in a single day.

As part of the resolution, League City utility billing customers will see a rate for their February water usage that is capped at the second of four price tiers regardless of whether they used enough water to move them to a more expensive tier. Due to League City’s delayed billing cycle, customers will not see this rate cap reflected until they received their statements in late March or April. Customers with billing cycles 3,8,5 and 10 will see the increased water consumption on their statements printed at the end of March, due in April. Cycles 4,1,7,6,9 and 2 will see it on their April statements due in May.

League City water customers are billed a flat amount plus an amount based on their water use.The first tier is $2 per 1,000 gallons for the first 3,000 gallons; the second is $5.61 per 1,000 gallons for use between 3,000 and 10,000 gallons; the third is $7.14 per 1,000 gallons for use between 10,001 and 25,000 gallons; and the fourth is $8.67 per 1,000 gallons for use of 25,000 gallons and above. As a way to keep costs down for customers who ran their faucets or experienced pipe breaks, the council voted to cap all residential customers at the second tier even if they used more than 10,000 gallons in February.

In addition, for customers who experienced broken pipes, League City has an ordinance that includes a leak adjustment process. Under the ordinance, customers who present proof that a leak was repaired may be eligible for a reduction to their utility bill. Proof can include pictures, receipts, and bills of service. The ordinance allows the League City Utility Billing Department to provide a bill adjustment once every 12 months per customer. Customers seeking leak adjustments to their bills can visit www.leaguecity.com/leakadjustment for more information.

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