How to Open a New Account
To apply for water, sewer and garbage service within the City of Bridge City, you will need to come by our office no later than 4:00 pm, we are located at:
260 Rachal Street
Bridge City, TX
Information required for the brief application include:
- Application Form (PDF)
- Deposit: $125. A partial payment of $62.50 can be made at the time of application and the remaining $62.50 will be billed on your first monthly utility bill. The City does require a $125 deposit for every meter. Deposits are held until service is terminated, the deposit is then applied to the final billing.
- Drivers license for you and your spouse, if married.
- Place of employment: name of company, address, and phone number.
- Signature of person applying for service.
- Social security numbers for you and your spouse, if married.
- Copy of rental agreement or closing documents.
Water, waste water (sewer), garbage and street maintenance rates are established by City Ordinances. These rates vary by customer type (residential, commercial, in-city, outside of city). Both water and wastewater charges have a minimum charge. Customers with no water consumption during the month will be billed the minimum charges. Please see our rate charts (Rates Inside City Limits [PDF] and Rates Outside City Limits [PDF]) for billing amounts. All customers on City services are required to have garbage pick-up.
Water meters are read monthly and the sewer is based on the water consumption. Bills are mailed by the 4th of each month and are due by the 18th of the same month. Please call the billing office at 409-735-6801 if you have not received your bill by the 9th of each month. Payments are due whether you receive a bill or not.
If payment is not received by the 18th, the bill will be considered delinquent and a $10 late fee will be added. Should payment not be received by the 28th of the subsequent month your service will be disconnected and an additional fee shall be added. The total balance must be collected before service is restored.
PAYING YOUR BILL
The convenient way to pay your utility bill is to sign up for Bank Drafting. There is no cost to you, and you will ensure that your bill is paid in a timely manner. Your payment will be automatically drafted from your bank account on the 13th of each month, so you also save on postage or eliminate a trip to City Hall. You still receive your monthly bill, so that you can still monitor your consumption and record your payment. Come by City Hall to complete an Bank Draft Form (PDF) and attach a voided check to get started.
It is important to remember that inadequate funds in your account will be handled like a returned check. Both your bank and the City will assess the appropriate service charges.
We now offer online bill payments. There is a minimal convenience fee for this service. The first time you use this service, you will need to register and add your account number an the amount of your last payment to your profile. After that it will be a snap to pay your utility bill.
Pay By Phone 1-833-259-4022 Pay by phone 24 hours a day. You will need your account number and address to make a payment.
Drive-Thru Teller There is a drive-thru teller available for use during regular business hours.
Drive-Thru Deposit Box There is a drive-thru depository box available for your convenience. Please make sure you have your account number included with all payments or correspondence. Envelopes for your payments are in the top section over the drop box.
Utility customers are allowed four extensions (two weeks each) on utility bills per calendar year. Please come by the Utility Billing Office to sign for the extension.
Bills must be paid in full by the 28th of each month to avoid disconnection and additional charges.