New residential, commercial or industrial development can increase water consumption and wastewater volume significantly. The increased demand may require the creation of greater storage capacity, additional pumping capacity or expanded treatment facilities which have significant cost impacts.
Impact fees are charged for new connections to offset the cost impacts of development on existing water and wastewater facilities. Impact fees help pay the cost of constructing or expanding facilities necessary to accommodate new development without compromising service to existing customers. Resolution 2017-2 (PDF), adopted by the Benbrook Water Authority (BWA) Board of Directors on January 10, 2017, established the current BWA system-wide impact fees.
In addition to BWA system-wide impact fees collected for new development, BWA also collects wastewater impact fees on behalf of the City of Fort Worth which are assessed in accordance with the Wholesale Wastewater Agreement between the Fort Worth and BWA. Although BWA system-wide impact fees have not changed since 2017, in September 2021, the City of Fort Worth adopted changes to its wastewater impact fee schedule, effective on January 1, 2022.
The current impact fee schedule, including BWA and Fort Worth assessed impact fees, is available here.
For more information about impact fees, view our Impact Fee Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).