Water, wastewater (sewer), and garbage rates are set by Chapter 14 & Chapter 37 of the City’s Code of Ordinances . Both Chapter 14 and Chapter 37 allow for an annual adjustment each October based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all Urban Consumers for the Houston area. The year over year percent change in the April index will be used as the basis for this adjustment. If there is a decrease in the CPI, or if there is no increase in the period measured, the rates will remain unchanged.
Note: Based on CPI comparing April 2019 to April 2020, water, sewer nor garbage rates were adjusted for FY 2021 (October 2020 to September 2021) since there was a decrease of 1.3% in the CPI.