Wylie, Texas (September 27, 2021) – The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) board of directors adopted a budget for fiscal 2022 focused on limiting budget increases while meeting the basic needs of two million Texans North. The $ 589.67 million budget keeps the wholesale water rate unchanged for the third year in a row at $ 2.99 per thousand gallons of treated water for its member cities. While the five cities participating in the regional solid waste management system will also see no increase in cost per tonne, the regional sanitation system includes increases to fund the infrastructure required to support our growing region. The budget and tariffs for the NTMWD FY22 system are effective October 1.
?? The District remains in good financial health, ?? said Jenna Covington, Executive Director and General Manager of NTMWD. “We have overcome the challenges associated with the ongoing pandemic, escalating costs and Winter Strom Uri while finding ways to minimize the financial impacts on the communities we serve. We continue to deliver on our commitment and obligations to protect public health and the environment at a reasonable cost across all systems. ??
The 13 member cities ?? Allen, Farmersville, Forney, Frisco, Garland, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Princeton, Richardson, Rockwall, Royse City and Wylie ?? are partners of the regional hydrographic network. Other communities contract for water from NTMWD or towns served by the district with a total of up to 80 communities receiving water from NTMWD on a daily basis. All cities set their own retail prices to cover their costs of supplying water to homes and businesses from their local systems.
The water system budget for FY22 includes an increase in O&M budgets due to the cost of chemicals and electricity used in the water treatment process. The FY22 budget also includes an increase in the cost of debt service to cover existing debt resulting from system improvements. To offset these increases, NTMWD reduced the capital budget by reducing capital improvement fund transfers. These actions have made it possible to maintain the wholesale water tariff at a stable level, while maintaining our high level of service.
The estimated cost per 1,000 gallons for the regional wastewater system will increase by 5%, and participants in the Upper East Fork interception system will see an additional 6% increase over the estimated wholesale cost by 1 000 gallons. For the transport and treatment of wastewater, the service charge is based on the annual flows of the participating cities in each system.
The wholesale cost of solid waste per tonne for its member cities will not increase in FY22.
For all regional systems, NTMWD continues to focus on program effectiveness and ways to manage costs, including planning bond sales for investment projects to closely align with the progress of planned construction, reduction of contract labor expenditures and evaluation of organizational structure to maximize approved positions. The district is adding 22 new employees in FY22, mainly to staff new operating facilities.
?? Approved Budget for FY22 empowers our staff to meet their responsibilities and continue to provide safe and reliable drinking water, sewage and solid waste services to millions of North Texans who rely on us today and in the future. Covington added.
More details on FY22 projects, the staff and the ways we manage costs are available online at: NTMWD.com/finances.