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Cost Of Water Rises In Riverton

Jan 16, 2015 09:43AM ● By Rachel Hall
Residents of Riverton City have made their voices heard in a recent water choice ballot sponsored by the city and most respondents are willing to pay more money for better quality water.  The city held multiple open houses, distributed water quality information and even participated in a trial run of Jordan Water Conservancy Water to help residents make an informed choice on which water should run through the pipes of Riverton.

Results of the water choice ballots originally mailed out in November 2014 were presented to the city council at its Dec. 16 meeting by Election Trust, an independent agency responsible for the distribution and collection of the ballots, via email and a telephone call placed on speaker phone during the council meeting.

A majority of respondents preferred to switch to Jordan Water Conservancy District, despite the increase charged per gallon used that residents would see in their water bills. The base rate is scheduled to be $2.50 with each additional 1,000 gallons to cost $3.91.

The results were as follows:

Council District 1: 162 yes; 94 no
Council District 2: 844 yes; 189 no
Council District 3: 809 yes; 180 no
Council District 4: 908 yes; 242 no
Council District 5: 848 yes; 220 no

Residents can expect to see a switch over to Jordan Water Conservancy District, including increased cost, beginning in July.