The City of Regina has released its proposed Utility Fund 2019 Operating Budget and 2019–2023 Capital Plan, which recommended a 3 per cent rate increase, effective January 1st, each year for the next three years.

“The proposed 2019 Utility Fund Budget supports a financially stable water utility that delivers safe, clean water, and reliable wastewater and drainage systems,” said city manager Chris Holden. “This proposed multi-year approach to rates provides more certainty to the Utility’s long-term funding requirements and allows for customers to plan for future costs.”


The 2019 Utility Fund Budget is based on expenses and revenue of $139 million. Highlights include a $58.5 million capital investment in infrastructure renewal, including $16.2 million for water infrastructure renewal, $9.3 million for wastewater infrastructure renewal, $11.0 million for drainage system upgrades and improvements.

Over the five-year capital plan, Regina will invest over $414 million. A major project to upgrade existing water meters in Regina homes will be undertaken with the initial stages of planning and design occurring in 2019. The long-range capital plan also:

  • Meets the regulatory expectations of the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency.
  • Addresses the renewal of linear infrastructure, like underground pipes and catch basins.
  • Continues the investment in drainage system improvements to reduce surface flooding.

“This three-year rate model provides stability for Regina’s water utility which is based on full cost recovery,” said Holden. “It also means predictable utility/water rates for our customers. For the typical household, this means a monthly increase of $4.14 in 2019, with similar increases in each of the next two years.”

See also  Environmental Quality Program to Fund Water Infrastructure in B.C.
The Regina Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Project in Saskatchewan—a project successfully completed through a public-private partnership (P3). Credit: EPCOR.

The proposed budget and any amendments will be considered by City Council at a meeting on Monday, December 10th and, if necessary, Tuesday, December 11th. Regina residents, stakeholder groups, and media have been invited to attend the meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Henry Baker Hall at City Hall.

The 2019 proposed Utility Fund Budget can be viewed in detail at regina.ca/water.

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