We are committed to providing high-quality drinking water, managing storm water, collecting and treating wastewater, and lighting our city’s streets. 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 2021-2022. 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.
This year we are proposing rate increases for water, wastewater, and stormwater service. There will be no rate increase for street lighting.
Why Rate Changes?
Rate changes are needed to fund the repair and replacement of aging infrastructure, make existing infrastructure resilient, ensure infrastructure and processes meet new standards and requirements, and to ensure our infrastructure can keep up with the demand. The following are specific projects we are focused on:
- Building a new Water Reclamation Facility (sewage treatment). This project started in 2019 and will be completed in 2025.
- Upgrading and replacing water, sewer, and stormwater pipelines.
- Repair and eventual replacement of drinking-water treatment plants.
- Ongoing asset management, and compliance with new water quality regulations.
Rate Changes Allow Us To Provide Quality and Reliable Services
How will the proposed rate changes affect customers?
SLCDPU rates are based on water use and the cost to provide services. Rates vary, depending on customer type: residential, commercial, and industrial, as well as the amount of water used. Below are examples of the monthly impact of the proposed rate increases to residents based on the amount of water used in one hundred cubic feet (ccf).