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Austin water rates won't rise next year

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Austin Water customers get some news they haven't heard in many years, and that news is that for the first time in that decade and a half, your water utility rates won't be going up next year.  The Wastewater Commission has approved the utility's new $615-million budget, which Austin Water says will leave rates where they are at 15 cents per 1000 gallons.  This is certain to be welcome news for the more than 20-thousand customers who in 2015 complained about abnormally high water bills.  Since then the city has taken steps prevent abnormal spikes, including smart meters.

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