City Council reduces late fee charges
The City Council has approved lowering the fee for late payments for most water customers. The reduction from $25 to 15 percent of the amount due averages $20.84 for the 60,000 accounts that typically paid late in 2017.
The change will take effect June 1. Beginning on that date, water bill payments will be due 25 days after the billing date, three days earlier than current policy. The shorter payment cycle will ensure late fees appear on the bills to which they apply.
The City Council will consider final approval of the changes April 17.
The Council initiated the change at the request of customers. The change will reduce the water utility’s revenue about $250,000 per year.
Water Utilities Director Allison Strube reported to the City Council the water utility’s fund balance – unspent revenue from prior years – is projected to be $4.5 million at the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30. That is below the goal of $5.9 million, which represents 75 days of operating expense for the utility.
Water bill payments can be accepted:
- Online at cosatx.us/waterbill.
- Via an automatic monthly bank draft.
- By calling 325-657-4323.
- By mailing checks to P.O. Box 5820, San Angelo, TX 76902.
- In person at 301 W. Beauregard Ave.
Water Customer Service
Water Customer Service assists citizens in signing up and paying for the utility services provided through the City of San Angelo: water, sewer and trash pickup.
Ways to pay
Five avenues exist for paying a City of San Angelo municipal services statement. You will need your account number.
* Online - Visit the City’s website at cosatx.us/waterbill . Online credit card payments can be made month-to-month or by establishing an automatically recurring payment. Online payments are unavailable from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. daily and from 3:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m. Mondays for system updates.
* Mail - Mail a payment to the City of San Angelo Utility Billing/Collections, P.O. Box 5820, San Angelo, TX 76902. Make checks payable to City of San Angelo-Water or COSA-Water.
* In person - Bring payments to the Utility Billing/Collections office at the City Hall Annex, first floor, 301 W. Beauregard Ave. Business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. An overnight drop box in the drive-through is available for after hour payments.
* Bank draft – You may set up an automatic monthly draft on your bank account. To establish a draft, visit the Utility/Billing Collections office at the City Hall Annex, first floor, 301 W. Beauregard Ave., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
* Phone – You may also call Customer Service at 325-657-4323 and select the option to make a payment over-the-phone. Long-distance users may call 1-855-419-2758. Phone payments are unavailable from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. daily and from 3:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m. Mondays for system updates.
For more information about the municipal services statement and payments, call 325-657-4323.
Info needed to activate services
- Service address.
- Valid Driver's license.
- Social Security card (for a residential account).
- Tax ID number (for a commercial account).
- Phone number.
- Mailing address.
- Rental / lease / purchase agreement
- Completed utility services acknowledgment & right to access form (online version or PDF)
Connections are scheduled for next-day service. (Customers must first complete a utility services acknowledgment & right to access form, which can be filled out online or using this PDF.) Customers requesting service may also download a residential application (PDF) or a commercial application (PDF). Customers who call on Friday will be connected the following Monday.
- Connection times are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- After-hour connections and re-connections are available Mondays-Fridays for an additional service fee of $50. All fees must be paid in advance during regular business hours. Requests for new service connection will be available on weekends and holidays. New customers will be required to come in person to complete paperwork and payment by 10 a.m. the next available business day.
- For more information, call Customer Service at 325-657-4323.
Costs to activate new residential service
- $20 activation fee for new accounts.
- $100 deposit for water/sprinkler (deposit may vary, depending on meter size and customer history).
- $50 sewer deposit (if no water service).
- $50 trash deposit (if no water service).
- $50 after-hours connection fee (if applicable).
- If transferring service, your deposit will transfer as well.
Earn a $50 water bill credit
San Angelo’s Water Utilities Department is seeking homeowners to participate in a free household water-quality testing program ... and is willing to give a $50 credit on water bills for those who do.
The program will check homes’ water and plumbing for the presence of lead and copper. The state requires the testing as a public health safety measure. San Angelo has had zero violations.
The Texas Commission for Environmental Quality requires the Water Utilities Department to increase the program and number of test sites to 100 homes now that San Angelo’s population has surpassed 100,000 residents.
To participate in the program, homeowners must first verify whether their home has lead plumbing, lead-based solder or a lead service line to the City’s water main. Homes built from 1982 to 1988 are most likely to have lead in their lines.
To check for a lead service line or lead plumbing, find the water service line that enters a home from the City water main. Scratch the outside of the water line with a screwdriver, knife or other metal object. If the etch is silver-gray in color, it is likely a lead service line. If it is copper-colored, it likely does not contain lead. To determine if a home has lead plumbing lines, check the inside plumbing under a kitchen or bathroom sink the same way one would check for a lead service line.
Homeowners who confirm their home has either lead-based plumbing or a lead service line will qualify to participate in this study. Contact the Water Utilities Department at 325-481-2722 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Understanding your municipal services statement
The municipal services statement you receive monthly from the City of San Angelo includes fees other than water. Depending upon a household’s usage, water fees can represent as little as 35 percent of the monthly bill, with charges for trash service, storm water and sewer accounting for the balance.
Here’s a line-item primer for each of the charges that appear on a residential statement:
- Trash service - provided by Republic Services, with whom the City contracts for trash service and landfill operations.
- Trash sales tax - 8.25-percent sales tax applied to trash service charges.
- Storm water fee - determined by the amount of impervious area on a property – typically roofs, driveways, patios, walkways and sidewalks – that contribute to rainwater flowing into the storm water drainage system.The fees help fund City efforts to meet federally mandated regulations for maintaining those systems. Storm water fee rates are tiered. As impervious surface area increases, a higher rate applies. The average residential homeowner pays $3 or $4 per month.
- Sewer base fee - determined by the size of the customer’s water meter. The fees fund the operation of the wastewater sewer system. Most residences have a meter that measures five-eighths of an inch and currently pays $28.02 per month. Of that amount, $4.64 is designated for capital improvements to the sewer system.
- Sewer usage fee - based upon an average monthly water usage during December, January and February. Customers who average more than 4,000 gallons per month during that span pay $3.54 for each additional 1,000-gallon increment.
- Water base fee - determined by the size of the customer’s meter. A residence using a five-eighths of an inch meter (the most common size) pays $26.68 per month with $3.32 designated for water-related capital improvements. Water main replacements, Hickory Aquifer infrastructure and fees related to exploration of other potential water sources are examples of capital improvements.
- Water usage fees - determined by two factors: how much water a customer uses and what drought level the city is under. The water rate structure is tiered; as a customer uses more water, he pays a higher rate.
Water customers who live outside the city limits pay 1.5 times the rate paid by city dwellers. Water usage is billed in 1,000-gallon increments. If a new customer uses 1,500 gallons of water the first month, charges are for 1,000 gallons that month. The remaining 500-gallon balance rolls forward until it reaches a 1,000-gallon increment. If the following month the customer used 1,500 gallons, the charge is for 2,000 gallons of usage. For each 1,000 gallons billed, 95 cents is allocated to the water capital improvement fund. Each mailed bill includes a memo box noting the amount dedicated to water and sewer capital projects.
Other municipal service charges you should know about:
- A $25 late fee if not paid within 28 days of the billing date. Payments made after 5 p.m. apply to the next business day.
- A $25 fee for returned checks.
- A $30 fee is required to reconnect service. Outstanding balances and fees are due prior to reconnection.
- A $20 activation fee plus a deposit when an account is established. The amount of the deposit depends upon the customer’s credit history with the Water Utilities Department. The minimum deposit is $35. Deposits are refunded after a four-year period if the customer has no delinquent payments or service discontinued.
Customers who pay their bills online at cosatx.us/waterbill may note a difference between the online balance and the mailed statement balance. The online balance is a current balance and includes any changes to the account since the statement billed.
A conservation credit applies to customers who use less than 3,000 gallons in a month. Ten percent of the base rate and usage fees credit the customer’s account in the following month.
Customers who have questions regarding their statement or their service are encouraged to call the Water Customer Service Division at 325-657-4323; visit our offices at the City Hall Annex, first floor, 301 W. Beauregard Ave., adjacent to City Hall; or email Customer Service Manager Petra Trevino.
We want all of our customers to fully understand their municipal services statement and enjoy a pleasant customer service experience.
Current drought level
The City is in standard conservation, which restricts outside watering to no more than twice every seven days and no more than 1 inch per week. Watering is prohibited from noon-6 p.m., as is runoff of more than 150 feet down any street, gutter, alley or ditch.