Water Rate Change Summary and FAQ
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. The Plan and rates are reviewed by an
independent financial entity. 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 graduated water rate increases coming into effect on Oct. 1, 2018. These new rates were based on the increase of the cost of culinary water the City purchases from Weber Basin, new infrastructure, and increasing maintenance costs, among other needs of the water system.
Significant considerations were made when enacting the increase. For example, the study recommended a larger increase than what the Council adopted. And while realizing an increase was necessary, the City Council determined that, instead of a one-time increase, water rates should be gradually increased over a three year period.
Please note that the impacts of these changes are continually monitored and analyzed to ensure they are consistent with the direction of the study. Upon making these evaluations, adjustments are implemented. For example, having had the new rate structure in effect for a year, and having analyzed that information, the City developed two rate structures. These rate strucutres distinguish between those with and those without access to secondary water (see the tables below). The analysis of these impacts will continue.
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 December 1, 2019)
|Users with access to secondary water|
|Under 7,000||Base Fee $20.80|
|7,000 - 14,999 gallons||$1.85 per 1,000 gallons|
|15,000 gallons and over||$3.60 per 1,000 gallons|
|Users without access to secondary water|
|Under 11,000||Base Fee $20.80|
|11,000 - 25,999 gallons||$1.85 per 1,000 gallons|
|26,000 to 45,999 gallons||$2.32 per 1,000 gallons|
|46,000 to 79,999 gallons||$3.23 per 1,000 gallons|
|80,000 gallons and over||$3.60 per 1,000 gallons|
Timeline of water rate related changes
|Utah Legislature Enacted (SB -28)||January - March 2016|
|Layton City Council Adopted Water Master Plan||July 6, 2017|
|Layton City Water Master Plan and Rate Study||Completed May 2018|
|Layton City Council adopted new rate structure||June 21, 2018|
|New rate structure effective||October 1, 2018|
|Change from bi-monthly to monthly billing||October 1, 2018|
|First rate increase||November 1, 2018 - 35%|
|Second rate increase||December 1, 2019 - 20%|
|Third rate increase||December 1, 2020 - 10%|
Water Bill Summary Timeline
|Water Usage||Sept. 10 - Oct. 10|
|Bill Date||Oct. 31|
|Bill Due||Dec. 5|
Please reference the above timeline. There is a lag time between the reading of the meter and sending out the utility bills. The dates the meter was read can be reviewed by logging into your account through the City's website or the Layton City app.
Prior to October 2018, Layton City had flat rate pricing for consumption levels beyond the base rate. In order to comply with SB-28, from the 2016 Utah State Legislative session, the City adopted the statutory requirements.
If other similarly regulated water systems are still running under a flat rate pricing structure they are not in compliance with State law.
Citizens are invited to contact the Utility Billing office at 801-336-3860, about water rates, bills, consumption or with other questions and concerns. The City also responds to all web feedback submitted on the City website.
Citizens are also invited to attend City Council meetings and address the Council directly during the citizens’ comments portion of the meeting, and during pertinent public hearings.