Tampa set to increase water utility rates for PIPES project

If you’re wondering why the change was made, the city says the pipes are old and it’s just about time.

TAMPA, Florida – Those living within the Tampa city limits will experience an increase in their water bills.

The city is implementing a Progressive Sustainable Infrastructure Plan (PIPES), which aims to replace aging infrastructure and fund water / sanitation improvements.

According to the city, the average customer will see their monthly bill increase by $ 5.21 as a result of PIPES. But the increases don’t stop there. The city adds that the new rates will go into effect October 1 and will be gradually increased “to fund these projects” through October 2040.

Tampa will also add base fees to “cover fixed costs during periods of low water consumption”. These will be as follows:

  • FY20: $ 4 per month (per equivalent housing unit)
  • FY21 – FY34: an increase of $ 2 per month (per equivalent housing unit annually)

If you’re wondering why the change was made, the city says the pipes are old and it’s just about time.

“Most of the pipes installed between the 1940s and 1960s were cast iron. The pipe has a lifespan of 80 to 100 years. A major replacement program has not been necessary,” the PIPES website says.

Also, a wait and see route could cost the city more money and create more headaches for both residents and visitors.

“The annual cost of repairing defective pipes is $ 20 million. If we do not replace the pipe that has reached the end of its useful life, these reactive costs will continue to rise and we will not be able to provide reliable water and sanitation services it on the PIPES website.

Anyone who needs help with the rate hike can get help through the city’s customer support program. Applicants who are approved and meet multiple qualifying markers can waive their base fees, receive a free water conservation audit, and receive free water-saving devices.

You can get help here or call the Tampa City PIPES hotline at 813-274-8266.

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