Utility Increase Q&A
How do Regina’s water and sewer utility rates compare with other cities?
Regina’s rates for water, sewer and drainage services are average when compared with other major western cities in Canada such as Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg (see chart below). We have been able to achieve this, even though Regina is not located on a major water source and has to pipe in water from the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant (60 kilometres).
Does any money from utility rates get used to offset tax increases or to pay for things on the General Fund such as the Stadium?
No, funds are paid from the Utility to offset tax increases.
How does our five-year rate history compare to this year’s proposed increase?
Historical rate increases have been 4% in 2017, 5% in 2016, 8% in 2015, 8% in 2014, and 9% in 2013.
What utility capital spending is planned for between 2018 and 2022?
The five-year utility capital plan totals $313.5 million and includes investments in high priority areas, such as:
- ongoing work on the Wastewater Trunk Relief Initiative
- water and wastewater infrastructure renewal programs
- pumping station upgrades and equipment replacement
- Continued investment in drainage infrastructure, including detention facilities and related piping such as St. Anne Park (referenced as Area 13)
Do we expect water breaks to continue at a higher rate than normal throughout the winter?
The extremely dry summer and fall has created the right conditions for an increase in winter main breaks if we have extended cold with little snow coverage. We have plans in place to respond quickly should that occur.
Will water rates increase because of the record number of water breaks?
The high number of water breaks in itself would not result in an increase. The 25 Year model in conjunction with the reserve allows for management of peaks and valleys such as extreme weather events without having to significantly affect the rates.