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The new rates will be based on the number of gallons used per household. In the past, everyone paid the same rate whether they used 1,000 or 10,000 gallons per month. Rates will now adjust every 2,000 gallons. After 10,000 gallons used, the tiers will adjust every 1,000 gallons. The average household in Clinton City uses 4,500 gallons; Over 75 percent of households use less than 6,000 gallons.
The new tiered rates are as follows:
Higher users will have higher increases.
This means that in February; residents will see the following adjustments on their utility bills:
Less than 2,000 gallons will have a $0.50 reduction per month.
Less than 4,000 gallons will have a $1.08 increase per month.
Less than 6,000 gallons will have a $2.77 increase per month.
These funds will be used solely to support the water enterprise fund. Each year, the goal is to have the income from water rate fees balance with the expenses of system maintenance and the cost of the City’s water allotment from Weber Basin. In addition, it is important to have a reserve to pay for unforeseen issues. For several years, we have had operating deficits.
Conservation is also an important factor for this change. Water is a finite resource and demand will continue to grow. It is likely that, in the future, we will see more water restrictions and higher pricing due to supplier costs and utility increases.
We will continue to evaluate rates annually and make modifications where applicable.