Water Department

The Public Works Department has the responsibility of maintaining city streets as well as the water and sewer system. Water and sewer operations are funded through the city’s Water and Sewer Fund which, through the established rate structure, provides for maintenance of existing lines and infrastructure improvements. Federal and state grants also assist with these projects.

Customers with water or sewer problems should notify City Hall during business hours and call the emergency number after hours. A licensed operator is on duty during working hours and on call after hours. Street maintenance and repairs are done mostly in-house with assistance from the county.


Saving Water

NEW WATER SCHEDULE - Effective September 1, 2022

Josephine Moves to Stage 1 Watering Schedule (Watering Two Times Per Week) Effective September 1, 2022

For full schedule and information please click here.

Saving Water Outdoors

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Did you know?

In urban areas of Texas, about 40 - 50% of drinking water is used for landscape watering. Much of this water is used to maintain high water demanding landscapes or is applied inefficiently. To learn best practices for how to save water while keeping your yard healthy, head on over to WaterMyYard.org and check it out.

Here are 6 ways to reduce outdoor water use:

  1. Spruce up your sprinkler. Inspect your irrigation system monthly to check for leaks, broken or clogged heads, and other problems, or engage a licensed irrigation professional to regularly check your system. To learn how to maintain your system and follow the simple steps for an Irrigation Check-up.
  2. Cycle and soak. Our Texas clay soil is great for retaining water deep down where your lawn’s roots need moisture to grow. To maximize the potential for this clay soil, consider using the “Cycle and Soak” method to apply water slowly so the soil actually absorbs all the water that is applied. 
  3. Cut high and let lie. A taller grass in the summer provides shade to surrounding grass blades to reduce water loss and protect from the hot sun. Let your grass clippings lie on the lawn after mowing to provide valuable nutrients to your lawn. Check out specific guidance on how high to cut your grass and other lawn care topics.
  4. Right plant (or grass) right place. Low-water using landscapes don't have to look like deserts! For resources and tools to assist in making water conserving plant selections right for your garden, visit the Texas Smartscape website.
  5. Use compost and mulch. Add compost to the soil before planting to create a nutrient rich soil that holds moisture, allows better root penetration, and releases water and nutrients to plant roots. Mulch around plants and shrubs to keep soil temperature constant, reduce evaporation and prevent weed growth. Consider using Texas Pure Products when purchasing compost and mulch for your landscape.
  6. Convert to drip irrigation. Drip irrigation is the most efficient irrigation method and can be installed as a separate zone or you can convert an existing popup spray head zone to drip. Classes on drip irrigation are offered by the Texas AgriLife during the spring and summer months.


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Protecting Foundations

The clay-like soil found throughout North Texas can contract and expand in response to moisture changes. As the soil shrinks it no longer provides support for a foundation and can cause structural stress and damage, which can reveal itself through cracks in the soil and dirt pulling away from the foundation. When watering the soil around the foundation, place soaker hoses or drip irrigation 6 - 18 inches away from the foundation and water to a depth of 8 - 10 inches.

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center provides additional information on Protecting Foundations Under Dry Conditions.

Residential Water Fees

Meter Size Notes Monthly Minimum Less Than 3000 Gallons Water Usage between 3001 – 10,000 Gal Water Usage Over 10,000 Gallons
“5/8” Inside City Limits $40.66 $6.95/Per 1,000 gal $9.11/Per 1,000 gal
“5/8” Outside City Limits $44.73 $7.80/Per 1,000 gal $10.22/Per 1,000 gal
“1” Inside City Limits $65.14 $6.95/Per 1,000 gal $9.11/Per 1,000 gal
“1” Multi Meter $78.29 $6.95/Per 1,000 gal $9.11/Per 1,000 gal
“1” "MUD" Monthly Minimum Water Bill $44.73 $7.80/Per 1,000 gal $10.22/Per 1,000 gal

Institutional Water Fees

Water Usage Over 0 Gallons: $9.11 per 1,000 Gallons

Residential Sewer Fees

Notes Service Gallons Between
0 -1,000 Gal
Service Gallons Between
1001 and 5000 Gal
Service Gallons Between
5000 and 9899 Gal
Maximum Monthly Bill
Inside City Limits $23.34 $2.47/Per 1,000 gal $2.77/Per 1,000 gal $46.79
Municipal Utility District(MUD) $26.96 $2.85/Per 1,000 gal $3.20/Per 1,000 gal $51.48

Institutional Sewer Fees

Sewer Service Over 0 Gallons of Water Usage…$9.11 per 1,000 Gallons.

“5/8” Meter

Water Tap Fee (Inside City Limits) $1,750.00
(Outside City Limits) $1,750.00
Water Initiation Fee: $25.00
Water Transfer Fee: $25.00
Water Late Fee: $20.00 (after the 15th)
Water Disconnect Fee $25.00 (after the 25th)
Water Reconnect Fee: $25.00
Water Reconnect Fee: after 5:00 pm: $25.00

Must be paid by 10:00 am next day or water will be re-cut off and additional fees will apply

Water Deposit (Owner): $100.00
Water Deposit (Renter): $150.00
Sewer Tap Fee: $1,200.00 (without bore)

Add $200 Inspection Fee for Bore

Sewer Initiation Fee: $25.00
Sewer Transfer Fee: $25.00
Customer Service Inspection (CSI): $25.00

“1” Meter

Water Tap Fee (Inside City Limits): $2,350.00
(Outside City Limits): $2,350.00

Over “2” Meter: 125% plus “5/8” Cost

Fire Hydrant Meter Deposit:  $1,500.00

Water Tap Fee (Inside City Limits): $4,850.00
(Outside City Limits): $4,850.00