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Texas commission sides with Plano, Richardson in water-rate dispute



PLANO, TX – A state arbiter said the North Texas Municipal Water District’s rate structure was adverse to the public interest, a decision that could have a ripple effect on consumer water bills throughout the growing region.

The Public Utility Commission of Texas voted Feb. 27 to move forward toward a review of the North Texas Municipal Water District’s rate structure for its 13 member cities. That structure had been challenged by the cities of Plano, Richardson, Garland and Mesquite.

Those cities argued that under the existing contract, they have paid hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years for water their residents and businesses did not use.

“We are hopeful that this next step in the process will bring us closer to establishing a new rate methodology that is fair and equitable to all members, encourages conservation and better serves the Region’s long-term interests,” the four cities said Feb. 27 in a joint statement.

The water district’s other nine member cities are Allen, Farmersville, Forney, Frisco, McKinney, Princeton, Rockwall, Royse City and Wylie.