Responsible investment in the renewal and replacement of our water and wastewater systems is essential in order for Salt Lake City Public Utilities to maintain its commitment to safeguarding public health, preserving our natural environment, and providing infrastructure in support of Salt Lake City’s economic vitality.
Public Utilities works hard to ensure that your services are delivered for rates that are reasonable and fair. Every year we compare our rates to 15 comparably-sized local cities. Even after proposed increases in 2017-2018, rates will remain amongst the lowest.Protect Water Resources
SLCPU is committed to protecting our water resources. Your rates pay directly into continuing those efforts and making additional strides toward keeping this commitment. Public Utilities is a self-sustaining fund, meaning that your water rates go directly to the water system and sewer rates directly to maintaining and improving sewer services. These rates do not go to the City general fund.
Improvements to Our System
Collections (the system of pipelines and infrastructure that collect and deliver wastewater for treatment)
Public Utilities has carefully reviewed the overall system over the last year. Public Utilities has completed a West Side Sewer Master Plan which identifies new projects, strategic capacity upgrades and replacements of areas of the system throughout the City. In coming years, the plan lays out over $200 million in needed improvement projects. This year SLCPU will construct $40 million dollars in key projects, including:
Treatment (the facilities needed to treat wastewater and return it to our rivers and streams)
Careful thought and planning has gone into deciding the next steps toward addressing the needs at the SLC wastewater treatment facility. It is due for replacement and new regulations also require changes to how the wastewater is treated. Between now and 2025, this will be completed at a total cost of about $300 million. This year we are investing $30 million in:
Public Utilities is plays an important role in preparing areas of our City for development. Constructing essential infrastructure like sewer and water lines creates the foundation needed for new areas of our City to grow.
This year, many have asked if this means we are paying for the prison that is being relocated to the area. While that project is still in its planning phases - the goal has always been for the State to cover the prison’s portion of the Northwest Quadrant development and for Salt Lake City to cover the portions that bring benefit to our residents.
In 2017-2018, for the average SLC household this will mean an approximate monthly increase of $1.54 for water and $4.88 for sewer. In order to meet our regulatory responsibilities and to complete a number of important larger projects we expect to increase rates each year over the next several years, likely doubling by 2021.
It is important to note that both utilities have a rate structure based on use. As such, rates will vary depending on the customer type.
Customers will be notified directly of the exact rate adjustments upon City Council approval and prior to rates going into effect in July 2017.
Click here to view more detail about current and proposed water rates: Current and Proposed Water Rates
Click here to view more details about current and proposed sewer rates: Current and Proposed Sewer Rates
The City Council is holding several public hearings on the proposed budget in May and the beginning of June during Council meetings. Those hearings will be held:
May 16, 7pm
May 23, 7pm
June 6, 7pm
Our ratepayers place their trust in us to deliver these important services and we take that responsibility very seriously.
Determining appropriate rates is an ongoing and complex process but is driven by the following factors:
To ensure we are making the very best financial decisions possible, a rate study will be conducted in 2017 to assess this and help to guide future rate adjustments.
Public Utilities partners with the Salvation Army to implement its Water Assist Program. Leak abatements and budget billing may also be accommodated on a case-by-case basis. In addition, Public Utilities offers free checks on outdoor irrigation systems to increase efficiency and conservation through the Water Check Program.
Read more here: www.slcgov.com/utilities/public-utilities-billing