If after taking these steps you still feel your bill is high, please contact our customer service team at 512-494-9400. We will review your water usage and possibly direct you to apply for a water bill adjustment.
For customers the City has identified as experiencing an unusually low August and unusually high September bill in 2017, water use will be spread evenly across August and September to “smooth” the bill if it will result in a reduction of charges. For many, the smoothing effect does not result in a credit because it does not change the tiers used to bill for the water. By averaging the total amount of water used over August and September, we can minimize the effect of higher rates in upper billing tiers.
How does smoothing work?
The smoothing process will total the amount of water billed in August and September and divide by two. An affected customer’s bill will then be cancelled and reissued with equal consumption for August and for September. For instance, if a customer was billed for 4,000 gallons in August (tier 2) and 12,000 gallons in September (tier 4), the amount would be averaged to reflect 8,000 gallons (tier 3) for August and 8,000 gallons for September.
You may request either a water leak bill adjustment or an administrative hearing for your leak-related high bill. The result of your requested option will be final. To request a water leak bill adjustment (City of Austin Code 15-9-141), you must:
Contact Customer Care (512-494-9400) within 90 days of leak repair. You will be asked to provide:
A copy of the repair receipt or paid in full invoice
You may request either a high volume water bill adjustment or an administrative hearing for your high bill if there is no leak. The result of your requested option will be final. To be eligible to submit an application for a non-leak water bill adjustment (City of Austin Code 15-9-142), you must:
Be a single-family residential customer with at least 12 months of water billing history at the service address
Have not received an adjustment in the past 2 years
Have been billed for water usage greater than or equal to three times your normal usage
Contact Customer Care (512-494-9400) within 90 days of the high use bill