How are the Rates Determined?

Water service rates are based on the real costs of treating and delivering water to customers. To determine rates, a study is completed to identify the costs the County has incurred for system improvements, maintenance, operations, administration and financing. Once the study is complete, a notice of a public hearing is published and a public hearing is held. After the hearing, the rates are adopted by resolution and put into effect.

What is the Increase for an Average Customer?

The average residential customer using 6,000 gallons of water would see an increase of $2.08 on their bill.

How is the Average Determined?

The average residential customer with a 5/8” meter uses 6,000 gallons per month. This figure is based on historical data for the yearly consumption of Pasco County Utility customers.

Resources & Information

View: Current Rates (PDF) Effective October 1, 2018.

View: Memorandum UT17-742 with the full findings and recommendations outlined in the rate study.

View:  Pasco County BOCC Meeing - July 11, 2017: Full agenda with recorded footage.

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How to Use the Calculator

The Water Estimating Calculator is a resource designed to support Pasco County Utilities (PCU) customers. The rates and fees included in these calculations are specific to Pasco County residential customers, receiving potable water, with the standard 5/8 inch meter installed. 

Estimates provided should not be used as a definitive billing statement and customers should continue to access their official billing statement to determine what should be paid each month.

This tool is intended to assist customers with their efforts to save money and conserve water. 

Helpful Tips:

  • PCU bills in 1,000 gallon increments. Any gallons used below the 1,000 gallon threshold will be rounded down to zero.
  • Gallons noted on a customer bill will be representative of 1 unit billed = 1,000 gallons used. It is important to enter the number of gallons, not the units, when utilizing the calculator. 
  • Examples: 
    • 5 units on a bill would be entered as 5,000. 
    • 5 gallons used would be entered as 5.
    • 5,000 gallons used would be entered as 5,000.

Water Estimating Calculator

Why Have the Rates, Fees, & Charges Changed?

Beginning October 1, 2017, and continuing into the current year, Pasco County Utilities customers may see rate changes in their monthly water and wastewater bill, dependent on the volume of water and sewer needs specific to property size, house hold size, etc.

On December 16, 2016 work authorization was approved by the County Administrator to update the County’s Cost of Service Rate Study. Findings and recommendations outlined in the study include across-the-board adjustments, decreases and increases to all service rates, fees, and charges. 

Services to the typical County residential customer, who currently uses 6,000 gallons of water per month (GPM), would see an increase in their monthly water and wastewater bill of $2.08, effective October 1, 2018 for the fiscal year (FY) 2019.

Pasco County adopts a four-year rate schedule and into the following three years the same example of a residential customer’s monthly bills, using 6,000 GPM, is projected to increase through FY 2021. An annual rate sufficiency analysis will be performed after each FY to determine the need for any annual increases.

FY 2018 comparative rate examples:

Rate Study Comparison

View Memorandum UT17-742 with the full findings and recommendations outlined in the study Pasco County Commission Agenda - July 11, 2017 - 10:00 AM, Dade City: Full agenda with recorded footage.