Pasco County acquires new water customers

Two West Pasco neighborhoods — Jasmine Lakes (image above) and Palm Terrace Gardens — will be affected by Pasco County Utilities’ acquisition of the FGUA’s Pasco Aqua Utility System. The county projects many of the approximately 3,300 affected customers will realize rate decreases after the switch.

Approximately 3,300 Pasco County residents will see a change in their water bills beginning this month.

During a special meeting June 29, county commissioners finalized the acquisition of the Florida Governmental Utility Authority’s Pasco Aqua Utility System. Communities to be affected are Jasmine Lakes and Palm Terrace Gardens in Bayonet Point and Zephyr Shores in Zephyrhills.

According to a press release, the Pasco County Utilities anticipates many former FGUA customers may see a billing decrease, depending on their individual water usage. New customers can access information by going to www.pascocountyfl.net/3247/About-PCU. The county utilities site includes frequently asked questions, like when first bills will arrive and how to pay online, as well as a rate calculator based on expected water usage.

According to the FGUA website, former customers may still contact local customer service offices with questions throughout the transition period. FGUA served the three affected communities since 2013.

The County Commission has been working with FGUA since last year to acquire the Pasco Aqua Utility System.

Part of the finalization on June 29 included approving the issuance of a not-to-exceed $29.3 million water and sewer revenue bond. According to agenda material, the issuance of the bond is estimated to result in a maximum annual average of approximately $1.9 million of revenues each year for 20 years.

As written in the backup material: “It should be noted that the acquisition of the Aqua System will also result in additional revenue of approximately $2 million per year to the county’s combined water and sewer system.”