2019 Utility Budget FAQ
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. The 2019 Utility Budget includes a rate increase of 3% each year for the next three years. By comparison, Saskatoon’s proposed utility rate increase in 2019 is 9.25%.
How does our five-year rate history compare to this year’s proposed increase?
Historical rate increases have been 2% in 2018, 4% in 2017, 5% in 2016, 8% in 2015 and 8% in 2014.
What utility capital spending is planned for between 2019 and 2023?
The five-year utility capital plan totals over $414 million. This includes a major project to upgrade water meters in Regina homes, with the first planning and design stage occurring in 2019. The plan also includes investments in high priority areas, such as:
- investment in drainage system improvements to reduce surface flooding
- water and wastewater infrastructure renewal programs
- pumping station upgrades and equipment replacement
Why do I have to pay a base rate before I use any water?
The daily base rate for water, wastewater and drainage will be $2.02/day for the average household in 2019. This supports capital and maintenance, and funds reserves to invest in major infrastructure projects.
Is the money I pay on my Utility bill used to pay for clearing snow, paving roads or other City costs?
No, it is not. The Utility operates on a full cost recovery basis. All revenue collected is used to fund the services provided and the water, wastewater and drainage systems that support service delivery. No funds are used to deliver other City services or maintain City buildings and infrastructure.