Mountain Regional looks to raise rates
July 22, 2011
Mountain Regional Water wants to increase customer’s water rates by seven percent this year and another seven percent next year to cover rising costs.
The county-run company presented its case to the Summit County Council on Wednesday. According to Mountain Regional Water general manager Andy Armstrong, the rate hike is due to the cost of energy, repairs, and water leasing fees. As well as a lack of new developments and two consecutively wet springs.
"When people can get all water from Mother Nature, we can’t sell them water, and that has impacted revenues a bit. There has also been less building happening over the past few years than we would like to see," said Armstrong.
The rate increase will raise the median customer’s water bill by $5 a month according to Armstrong. Currently the median customer pays $70 a month.
Mountain Regional serves the Snyderville Basin, including The Colony, Promontory and Summit Park. According to Armstrong, the last time Mountain Regional increased its rates was seven years ago.
Mountain Regional Water’s rate increase will be voted on by the Summit County Council at the August 3 meeting. If the county council votes to approve the new rates, they will take affect beginning in August.