Water Code Section 13.181
Power to Ensure Compliance; Rate Regulation
(a)Except for the provisions of Section 13.192 (Payments in Lieu of Taxes), this subchapter shall apply only to a utility and shall not be applied to municipalities, counties, districts, or water supply or sewer service corporations.
(b)Subject to this chapter, the utility commission has all authority and power of the state to ensure compliance with the obligations of utilities under this chapter. For this purpose the regulatory authority may fix and regulate rates of utilities, including rules and regulations for determining the classification of customers and services and for determining the applicability of rates. A rule or order of the regulatory authority may not conflict with the rulings of any federal regulatory body. The utility commission may adopt rules which authorize a utility which is permitted under Section 13.242 (Certificate Required)(c) to provide service without a certificate of public convenience and necessity to request or implement a rate increase and operate according to rules, regulations, and standards of service other than those otherwise required under this chapter provided that rates are just and reasonable for customers and the utility and that service is safe, adequate, efficient, and reasonable.
Section 13.181 — Power to Ensure Compliance; Rate Regulation,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/WA/htm/WA.13.htm#13.181 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).