SYRACUSE – North Davis County residents can expect to pay more for their sewage services over the next four years.
North Davis Sewer District Manager Kevin Cowan told the Clipper the cost of keeping up with deteriorating pipes and increasing population have forced officials to increase rates, effective this week.
The affected cities include Clearfield, Clinton, Layton, Roy, Sunset, Syracuse, West Point, and a small area of Kaysville, Hill Air Force Base, and areas of unincorporated Davis and Weber counties.
Commercial and residential customers who now pay $14.80 per month will see their rate increase $3.00 per year over the next 4 years.
By 2017, their rate will be $26.80 per month.
Part of those costs includes the need to keep up with federal health and safety regulations.
The rise in rates will fund a trench-less “no-dig” method called cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) rehabilitation. The method is less intrusive when compared to traditional “dig and replace” pipe repair, resulting in less disruption to residents and traffic in the community while work is performed, according to Cowan.
Part of the increase will also fund treatment plant expansion.
The rate changes were discussed at public hearings and at various city council meetings throughout the area in December.
Cowan said the North Davis Sewer District board of trustees was sensitive to families who will have to pay more out-of-pocket, that they did not take the increase lightly.
“It was the responsible thing to do,” said Cowan, who also emphasized, “We took this seriously and did our homework.”
The pipe rehabilitation project and plant expansion were also necessary to keep up with a boom in Davis County growth, according to Cowan.