City Council approved the administration’s recommendation to increase water utility rates by 2% Monday night at City Hall.
The increase would cost the average resident about $2.70 more per month, and is the lowest increase in over a decade.
Mayor Michael Fougere says this increase was the best the City could do in order to keep rates low and continue projects underway.
“We have concerns with our residents over the passed few years about (how) the rates are high, why they’re so high, and we listened to them; administration listened to them,” Fougere says. “Council said 2% will keep us sustainable and understanding to cost to taxpayers. We think this is a reasonable gap between the two, so we’re pleased with that.”
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Fougere says there is a reason the cost of utilities increases.
“We have to make sure we have clean, safe water coming from Buffalo Pound,” Fougere says. “We have 2 pipelines going from Buffalo Pound to the City of Regina which needs to be maintained all the time. We have a waste-water system, the McCarthy Boulevard pumping station, which needs to pump all the sewage away from the city over to our plant. We also have drainage to deal with. These are expensive issues.”
Despite Regina needing to pump water in from Buffalo Pound Lake, the Queen City still has comparable rates to other Western Canadian cities who are close to their water source.