After studying the needs for the upcoming year, staff recommended and City Council approved no increase to water rates. The 5-tier rate structure associated with water consumption/usage (volume charge) is being modified to better accommodate residents. Sewer fixed and volume rates will see a 4% increase, while the storm drainage fixed charge will increase by 10% in 2018.
Delivering clean, safe drinking water and reliable wastewater services to residents and businesses is top priority for us here at the City of Brighton. Each year, we invest millions of dollars to treat water, replace aging infrastructure, and reduce the amount of pollutants entering our local waterways. Running a dependable, complex water system requires constant maintenance and upgrades to ensure that we are delivering high quality drinking water, while also being good stewards of the environment. We are committed to maintaining our system to the highest standard, and your utility bill helps us do just that.
So where does your money go?
In order to maintain our aging infrastructure, we are continuously working on upgrades and new projects through our 20-year, $500 million capital improvement plan. For 2018, approximately $23 million of the total Utilities budget of $41 million will come from commercial, municipal, and residential utility fees. The majority of this revenue will go toward essential capital upgrades, such as lining the Erger’s Pond reservoir, optimization of existing treatment facilities, replacing aged water lines, and structural repairs to our treated water storage tanks. In addition to the capital costs, your money will be used to maintain and improve day-to-day expenses associated with treating, delivering, and collecting water provided to citizens.