As you may be aware we are having to rebuild the sewer plant (Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility, CVWRF-CIP) which we own with six other government entities. This project is a $400 million dollar project that will take approx. 15 years to complete. This rebuild is to meet new EPA and Utah Department of Water Quality Requirements.
Due to tariffs on steel and other materials including labor, the costs to reconstruct the plant have increased by approximately 30% in the last couple of years. Also, the Mt Olympus charge of $10.00 per month has not increased for the past six years and it is time to adjust it to help cover the cost of running a business operation. We have met with the Districts financial advisers (Stifel) and they have also recommended the proposed rate increase.
With this proposed rate increase the District rate will continue to be one of the lowest rates of all sewer districts and cities along the Wasatch Front, with many districts and cities charging in the mid $20’s per month. Our rate will go from $17.00 to $19.00 per month.
A public hearing will be held on November 18th at 6pm to take public comment on the tentative budget and rate increase, or you may email the District controller at firstname.lastname@example.org with your concerns and they will be shared with the Board of Trustees.