By Jennifer Lindgren


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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The future of water rates in Dallas is up for debate on Tuesday in Austin. That debate is centered around a dispute between the City of Dallas and the Sabine River Authority, about a lake fork located 90 miles east of DFW, south of Sulphur Springs.

Dallas paid to build the reservoir back in the 1970s at a cost of $315 million, according to the Dallas Morning News. But the city only began drawing water from that reservoir within the last year. Now, the city and the Sabine River Authority cannot agree on the new rates for the next 40 years.

In a petition to state regulators, Dallas claimed that the rates being requested are excessive. The city utility department estimated that customers could end up paying as much as $4.00 more per month for drinking water if the Sabine River Authority gets its way.

The City of Dallas continues to pay for the reservoir’s operating costs.

The provider said that the rate hike takes into account what other customers across North Texas are paying.

A hearing on Tuesday in front of the Public Utilities Commission will determine whether or not it has the jurisdiction to rule on this issue, and set an interim water rate in the meantime.

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