Section 2.03 – Miscellaneous Fees
a. Membership Fee – $100.00
The Membership Fee is not refundable and applies to each service connection to Aqua’s system.
b. Membership Transfer Fee – $25.00
In the event the member shall sell his property, Aqua shall charge a membership transfer fee to transfer the membership to the new customer.
c. Customer Service Inspection Fee – $70.00
The State of Texas mandates that any requests for new service from a public water supply include a Customer Service Inspection conducted by a licensed Customer Service inspector. The customer service inspections shall also be conducted when there is a request to transfer service from a membership that has never had an inspection, and whenever there is a request to reconnect service after service has been discontinued for a year.
d. Backflow Prevention Permit and Fees
All members are required to notify Aqua of the possibility of an actual or potential contamination hazard by completing a Backflow Prevention Form and submitting payment of a $25 Permit Fee. At any residence or establishment where an actual or potential contamination hazard exists, additional protection shall be required in the form of an air gap or backflow prevention assembly device. Aqua’s backflow prevention program identifies potential sources of contamination on a member’s property to Aqua’s System, determines the degree of hazard that exists and the required backflow prevention assembly device to be installed.
Upon installation of the backflow prevention assembly, a Backflow Prevention Assembly Test and Maintenance Report, required by TCEQ, must be completed and submitted to Aqua. The test and report for the backflow prevention device are to be completed only by a Licensed Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester. A list of licensed testers may be obtained by contacting Aqua.
TCEQ requires all cross connections assessed as a health hazard to be tested each year. Aqua is requiring all other testable backflow devices to be tested every 3 years. A notice will be mailed when it is time for the retest.
Any unreported and/or suspected contamination hazards shall be tested by Aqua and at the members’ expense at $150.00 per test. In the event member refuses to allow such testing, Aqua will follow established TCEQ guidelines in dealing with the potential for contamination.
e. Reconnection Fees
|Base Reconnection Fee||$60.00|
|Re-Service Fee||$25.15 X no. of months of inactively up to $250.00|
|Temporary Reconnection Fee||$60.00|
|Past Due Balance||As applicable|
When there has been no change in ownership or right of possession pursuant to a contract for deed, the above Reconnection Fee must be paid before service can be restored to a member who has been disconnected. A Base Fee of $60.00 shall be charged for all reconnections. The Re-Service Fee shall be the number of months which the meter was inactive times $25.15 or $250.00, whichever is less. For purposes of this calculation the inactive period will be rounded down to the nearest full month. The Reconnection Fee shall include the sum of the Base Fee plus the Re Service Fee plus any past due balances owed for water service at the time of disconnection. At service locations where equipment tampering or an unauthorized connection has resulted in forfeiture of membership and tap rights, the former member shall be required to make full payment of the Membership Fee and the Tap Fee in effect at the time service is requested. Additionally, the former member shall be required to make full payment of applicable Equipment Damage Fees.
When a membership at a service location has been transferred to another location, but the member retains ownership of the former service location, the following Reconnection Fee must be paid before service can be restored to the former service location. A Base Fee of $60.00 shall be charged for all reconnections. The Re-Service Fee shall be the number of months which the meter was inactive times $25.15 or $250.00, whichever is less. For purposes of this calculation the inactive period will be rounded down to the nearest full month. The Reconnection Fee shall include the sum of the Base Fee plus the Re-Service Fee. Additionally, a Membership Fee of $100.00 must be paid to obtain a new membership at the former service location. For example, if the membership is transferred to a new location and the former service location remains inactive for 20 months, the charges to restore service will be: $60.00 + $250.00 + $100.00 = $410.00.
When there has been a change in ownership or right of possession pursuant to a contract for deed, the following Reconnection Fee must be paid before service can be restored to the new member. A Base Fee of $60.00 shall be charged for all reconnections, plus a Membership Fee or Membership Transfer Fee, whichever is applicable. Payment of a Membership Fee will be required in all cases where the previous membership was forfeited. No Re-Service fee will be charged, and the new member will not be responsible for any past due balance. At service locations where equipment tampering or an unauthorized connection has resulted in forfeiture of membership and tap rights, the new owner shall be required to make full payment of the Membership Fee and the Tap Fee in effect at the time service is requested.
To temporarily reconnect a service for renovation or construction, the service shall not be reconnected for longer than 30 days. The fee for a temporary reconnect is $60.00 plus consumption at the rate in effect per 1,000 gallons.
f. Meter Disconnection And Removal Fee (5/8″, 3/4″, & 1″ meters) – $100.00
The meter disconnection and removal fee will be charged to compensate Aqua for the cost of disconnecting, sealing, and removing the existing line tap and meter whenever a meter is removed or relocated at the request of a member. The fee to disconnect and remove meters larger than 1″ will be determined on a case by case basis.
g. Late Charge
A 10% penalty will be added for payment received after the 10th day of the month. Failure to pay by the 10th, may require disconnection. The penalty on delinquent bills may not be applied to any balance to which the penalty was applied in a previous billing.
h. Returned Check Charge – $35.00
In the event Aqua receives three (3) returned checks for insufficient funds, Aqua may require the member or customer to pay with guaranteed funds, such as cash, money order, cashier’s check or credit card, for the following twelve (12) months from the date of the last offense. After twelve months from the most recent offense, Aqua may reconsider accepting checks from the member or customer.
i. Meter Reading Fee – $30.00
Failure to furnish a reading actually obtained from the meter by the 15th of the month for two consecutive months will necessitate Aqua having to read the meter at the member’s expense and include the meter reading fee on the next bill.
At the discretion of the General Manager, this fee may be waived upon demonstration of a physical need for this service to be provided by Aqua.
j. Change In Use Of Property Requiring Increase In Meter Size
In cases where the customer has an Aqua meter, and wishes to increase the size of the meter, the customer shall pay to Aqua the difference between the current amount of the System Development Fee on the existing meter and the current amount of the System Development Fee on the proposed meter. In addition, the customer shall pay the cost of the new meter setting fee.
k. Charge For Moving Or Reinforcing Existing Aqua Facilities When Required By Change To Existing Or New Development
In cases where Aqua’s facilities are lawfully situated in a private or public easement or road right-of-way, and in the opinion of Aqua, a new development or change to an existing development requires Aqua to either move or reinforce its facilities to ensure the protection of said facilities, the customer shall pay the costs incurred by Aqua to move or reinforce its facilities.
l. Water Lines For Fire Protection
Fire flows may be achieved through meter and water line sizing. In those cases where Member intends to install a fire line or loop for the purposes of providing water service for fire fighting, Member shall provide the requested water demand, in quantity and time, to meet the needed fire flow requirements and pay a fee in the amount of $3,000 for the purposes of Aqua’s review of the plan, and determining any necessary water line extensions and/or any necessary backflow prevention device. Member shall also pay the costs of the double detector chek assembly and all necessary appurtunances to be placed on such fire line or loop and the cost of any necessary backflow prevention device. All double detector check meters shall be billed a monthly customer charge as defined in Section 2.01(a) of this Tariff, plus any Usage Charges for all water used, excepting those instances where water is used for fire fighting. It will be the responsibility of the Member to nofity Aqua of the quantity of water used for fire fighting.
m. Equipment Damage Fees
For connections with 5/8″, 3/4″, and 1″ meters the following Equipment Damage fees will be charged to compensate Aqua for repairs due to damage to Aqua’s water distribution system which is caused by an unauthorized reconnection of water service where such service has been discontinued.
|a.||Replace damaged or destroyed locks||$100.00|
|b.||Replace damaged or destroyed water meters|
|(1) 5/8″ meter||$380.00|
|(2) 3/4″ meter||$400.00|
|(3) 1″ meter||$600.00|
|c.||Replace damaged or destroyed angle stops||$150.00|
Equipment Damage Fees for connections with meters larger than 1″ will be determined on a case by case basis according to the actual costs incurred by Aqua because of such damage.
n. Feasibility Study Fee
All requests for a Feasibility Study shall be accompanied by a non-refundable fee according to the following schedule:
|Proposed Number of LUEs||Fee|
|251 or more||$3,000 plus any additional cost to Aqua|
If fire flow is needed, an additional non-refundable fee of $3,000 shall be added to the applicable Feasibility Study Fee listed above. This fee shall be paid at the time the request is filed.
o. Fire Hydrant Meter Fees and Deposits
In the event a request is made to Aqua for the usage of a fire hydrant meter, Aqua shall charge a deposit of $1,200.00 for the use of a fire hydrant meter. Aqua shall also charge a Monthly Charge and a Usage Charge. The Monthly Charge and the Usage Charge shall be defined by the size of the meter and be equivalent to the charges outlined under Section 2.01 – Rates. b. Large Volume Service in this Tariff. The deposit shall be returned upon the payment of all monthly and usage fees due Aqua and the return of the meter in good working condition.
p. Fee for Review of Real Property Records
Any request for new service or request for an estimate to provide service to a tract of land of 10 acres or more and described by metes and bounds shall include a fee in the amount of $150.00. The fee shall be used by Aqua to research the real property records of the applicable county to determine compliance with the applicable county’s subdivision regulations and to determine which sections of Appendix B of the Tariff may apply.