We must invest in our wastewater system.
To ensure SLCDPU continues to provide the highest-quality service to all residents we must invest in our wastewater system and increase rates to help pay for these investments. Rate changes are needed to fund the repair and replacement of critical aging water infrastructure and to meet new water quality requirements. These projects include:
- Building a new Water Reclamation Facility (sewage treatment) by 2025.
- Upgrading water, sewer and stormwater pipelines.
- Improving drinking-water treatment plants.
- Making dam improvements.
Rate Changes Allow Us to Provide Quality Treatment and Reliable Services
The services we provide are indispensable to every aspect of people’s lives, and we must deliver them 24/7 without interruption. This requires us to continually assess our infrastructure and make investments when needed to ensure safety and reliability.
Our ongoing commitment to provide excellent service to residential, commercial and industrial customers means we need to adjust our water, wastewater and stormwater rates and structures to fund necessary upgrades. The rate changes are based on recommendations outlined in our 2018 Comprehensive Sewer, and Stormwater Rate Study.
We are committed to providing high-quality drinking water, managing storm water, collecting and treating wastewater, and lighting our city’s streets for safety purposes. These critical services are essential in our daily lives and keep our city running, our communities healthy, and our economy growing.
To ensure we continue to provide high-quality service requires careful and thoughtful planning and important investments in infrastructure. This is reflected in Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities’ annual budget process and our proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. Over the last several years, Public Utilities and City leaders have developed multi-year strategies of improving aging infrastructure, including several years of gradual rate increases, bonds, and loans to finance hundreds of millions of dollars of critical investment of critical infrastructure.
Because of COVID-19, we have had to reevaluate our financial and operating situation. Due to the closure of institutions and businesses in Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities’ service area during the coronavirus emergency and the general economic uncertainties, we anticipate a decrease in some of the rate revenues that support operations and capital improvements in our water and sewer utilities. We also realize and are sensitive to the economic hardship suddenly facing many residents. This has prompted us to reassess and adjust our program.
Salt Lake City Customer 2020-2021 Rate Increases
Postponed 2 of 3 Rate Increases
Given today’s situation, we postponed some of our water and stormwater projects and the rate increases that supported them. We are only moving forward this year with a rate increase to help fund the City’s new Water Reclamation Facility, which is now under construction. The measures we are taking to address COVID-19 related impacts to the community will result in a temporary delay of some projects, but we can and will continue to work on the highest priority infrastructure projects and programs to ensure continuity of our high level of service.