Regina homeowners will pay more to flush toilets and water their lawns next year.
City council approved a two per cent utility rate increase Monday evening. The average household will see roughly $2.70 tacked onto their monthly water bill. That works out to be around $32.37 extra annually.
After seeing cuts to funding from the province, the city considered a utility rate hike of five per cent before switching to a proposed increase of two per cent.
Mayor Michael Fougere said council decided to keep the rate increase to a minimum in response to feedback from Regina residents.
He pointed out that the current increase is the lowest in a decade, but explained that it is necessary to keep the taps running.
“We do have to maintain the system. We’re a landlocked city, we don’t have a river running through our city so we have to pipe our water from Buffalo Pound,” Fougere said on the 980 CJME Morning Show. “It does cost money to do that. It costs money to fix things.”
There is a plan to invest in refurbishing the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant in partnership with the City of Moose Jaw which shares the facility.
The rate increase will take effect Jan. 1, 2018.