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Posted on: November 8, 2018

New Water and Sewer Rates Take Effect October 1st


On September 18, 2018, the City Council approved a 5% increase in the water base and volume rates and a 5% increase in the sewer base and volume rates.  The approved rates will allow the Department of Public Utilities to cover increased operational costs, maintain current service levels for our water and wastewater customers and continue infrastructure improvement activities for the water and wastewater systems.  Below are the approved water and sewer rates for Fiscal Year 2019:

Water Base Rate



Percent Increase

      ¾-inch meter

$ 8.93

$ 9.38


      1-inch meter




Water Volume Rate

$ 3.10

$ 3.26


Sewer Base Rate

$ 9.97



Sewer Volume Rate

$ 9.91



Customers will see the new water and sewer rates reflected in their December utility bills.   The water base rates listed above are for meter sizes typically associated with residential water accounts.  Commercial and industrial water accounts may have larger water meters.  For a full listing of meter sizes and corresponding base rates, please visit the Department of Public Utilities’ webpage at

How Do DeSoto’s Water and Sewer Rates Compare to Other Cities in the DFW Area?

The average consumption for City of DeSoto residential utility customers is 7,500 gallons of water and 5,000 gallons of sewer (wastewater) per month. Therefore, based on the new rates, the average monthly charge for water and sewer will be $82.61, not including garbage, drainage or recycling costs. As you can see from the chart below, this is equal to or below most of our immediate neighboring cities. While DeSoto’s average bill may be slightly higher than those of cities like Irving, Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Grand Prairie and Fort Worth, it is important to understand that those cities have much larger populations and a greater distribution of residential, commercial and industrial customers, over which to spread the costs associated with providing water and sewer service.

If you have any questions regarding your water or sewer service, please call 972.230.9627. 

rate chart

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