The Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities encourages your comment and participation in the 2020-2021 budget process. Due to the financial challenges many are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, SLCDPU is not proposing rate increases for water, stormwater or streetlighting utilities.
An increase of 18 percent is proposed for wastewater rates for Salt Lake City residents and businesses. The increase is part of a multi-year financing process for our new Water Reclamation Facility, now under construction. The new facility is vital to our mission of protecting public health and the environment. The current plant is 55 years old and has reached the end of its lifespan. In addition, new water quality standards and regulations require the new facility.
By law, the new Water Reclamation Facility must be completed and operational by January 1, 2025. SLCDPU is also working to leverage the financing of this facility through a federal loan program for major water infrastructure projects.
The Salt Lake City Council has scheduled public hearings for the proposed budget (including SLCDPU budget) for May 19 and June 2 at 7 p.m. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, these hearings will be held online. To learn how to access these hearings, please visit the City Council website or call 801-535-7600.
We encourage comments on our proposed departmental budget, or the City budget as a whole at these hearings, and look forward to serving you in the coming year.Tags: drinking water, environmental stewardship, public health, Public Utilities budget, stormwater, streetlighting, wastewater, water reclamation facility