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Water Rate Change Summary and FAQ - November 2019

Article Published 11/06/2019

Background Information

Approximately every 10 years the City hires an independent engineering consulting firm to update the City Water Master Plan. The Water Master Plan includes all aspects of the water system, including rates. Upon completion and review of the most recent Water Master Plan, the City Council adopted it on July 6, 2017 by a unanimous vote. The City Council Minutes from July 6, 2017, can be accessed here:

The updated plan prompted a study of the City's water rate structure. The rate structure study was completed on May 1, 2018. It was then reviewed with the Council and Ordinance 18-26 was adopted on June 21, 2018. That ordinance amended the Consolidated Fee Schedule, with the new water rates coming into effect on Oct. 1, 2018. This new rate was based on the increase of the cost of water the City purchases from Weber Basin, and increasing maintenance costs, among other needs of the water system.

The study recommended a larger increase than what was adopted. Realizing an increase was necessary, the City Council determined that, instead of one large increase, water rates should be gradually increased over a three year period.

Another act that impacted the rates was a new State law. In 2016 the State of Utah enacted Senate Bill 28, (SB-28). The law, “requires retail water providers to establish an increasing rate structure for culinary water.” In other words, the State required the City to adopt a tiered billing structure for City water. This structure must be formulated so those using more water pay more, at an increasing rate. You can review that legislation here:

Tiered Water Rate Structure: (as of October 1, 2018)

Users with access to secondary water
0-6999 gallonsBase Fee $17.35
7,000 - 14,999 gallons$1.54 per 1,000 gallons
Over 14,999 gallons$3.00 per 1,000 gallons
Users without access to secondary water
0-6999 gallonsBase Fee $17.35
7,000 - 14,999 gallons$1.54 per 1,000 gallons
15,000 to 34,999 gallons$1.93 per 1,000 gallons
35,000 to 59,999 gallons$2.69 per 1,000 gallons
Over 60,000 gallons$3.00 per 1,000 gallons

Timeline of water rate related changes

Utah Legislature Enacted (SB -28)January - March 2016
Layton City Council Adopted Water Master PlanJuly 6, 2017
Layton City Water Master Plan and Rate StudyCompleted May 2018
Layton City Council adopted new rate structureJune 21, 2018
New rate structure effectiveOctober 1, 2018
Change from bi-monthly to monthly billingOctober 1, 2018
First rate increaseNovember 1, 2018 - 35%
Second rate increaseDecember 1, 2019 - 20%
Third rate increaseDecember 1, 2020 - 10%

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