Proposed water, sewer rate hikes for Salt Lake County residents

Posted at 7:01 PM, May 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 21:01:57-04

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah -- About 30,000 Salt Lake County residents in the Midvalley area are facing a proposed 82 percent sewer increase from the Midvalley Improvement District in Midvale.

The rates are expected to increase from $10 a month to $18.20, said Brad Powell, Midvalley Improvement District general manager. The rates have not been increased since 2002.

The money would go toward new pipes, some of which are 70 years old. It would also go toward the South Valley Reclamation Treatment Facility for treating water.

“We just don’t really have a choice,” Powell said.

Salt Lake County residents in the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District are also facing a four percent water rate hike.

The proposed rate would increase residents’ bill by a dollar a month, which would fund the district's $65 million operations and maintenance budget as well as its $50 million capital improvements program.

“It’s so important because of the rapid growth of population in our service area," said Richard Bay, general manager for the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District.  “What we find is our population is going to double in 2060.”

Both districts will conduct public hearings on the proposed rate hikes Wednesday night.

The Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District will meet at 6 p.m. at its West Jordan office, 8215 S. 1300 West.

The Midvalley Improvement District in Midvale, located at 160 E. 7800 South. Midvalley will meet at 6:10 p.m. and the board is expected to vote.