You may have noticed on your January billing, there is a slight rise in our water and wastewater rates. As we explained when first proposing the hike, it is something we took under deep consideration, even holding a public hearing in early December.
Effective as of Jan. 1, 2019, here is what is will mean to you, regarding your billing. We approved a 10 percent increase in our water rate and an increase of $2 per month in our wastewater rate. For a home that uses 7,000 gallons of water, the combined monthly water and wastewater bill of $48.77 will now cost $51.89; a home using 25,000 gallons will find its $81.21 bill rise to $87.59.
An investment in our future
The additional funds are an investment, in our service today and in the future. Our infrastructure, from the pumps and wells to water storage tanks and lift stations, need updating to provide the quality care our customers have come to expect from the Granger-Hunter Improvement District.
Then there is more than 650 miles of water and wastewater pipes, which if stretched out would reach from Salt Lake City to El Paso, Texas.
We are also coming into compliance with new state water quality regulations. The legislation not only addresses the cleanliness of our drinking water but also protects the wildlife in our ecosystem, dependent on unpolluted water sources.
We take our responsibility seriously
It is never easy to raise rates. Being customers ourselves, we share in the burden. But as stewards of a district serving 115,000 customers in the West Valley area, we have a responsibility to do whatever necessary to provide our customers with the service they expect from the Granger-Hunter Improvement District. Check out our 2019 final budget for a look at the bigger picture.
Working together, we will continue to move forward, conserving water, preserving our sources and building the infrastructure needed to guarantee clean, usable water for our children and grandchildren. Thank you for doing your part!