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FAQ

Clearfield City’s 2022 Drought Response Frequently Asked Questions

Clearfield City is implementing immediate water rate increases due to northern Utah’s extreme drought conditions. These rate increases are necessary to meet the rising cost of water due to its limited availability. Rate increases will go into effect starting May 1 and will be reflected on the June statement.  

What are the water restrictions from Weber Basin Water Conservancy District?

Clearfield City’s contract with Weber Basin Water Conservancy District includes a 60% reduction in water available for outdoor irrigation of lawns and gardens, a 40% reduction for agricultural use, and a 10% reduction for culinary indoor use.

What do these restrictions mean to me?

Clearfield City is implementing immediate water rate increases to meet the rising cost of water due to its limited availability. Rate increases will go into effect starting May 1 and will be reflected on the June statement. 

What are the water rate increases for residents?

Resident water rate increases are defined by a tiered system based on usage. Residents that use between 0-10,000 gallons of water per billing cycle will not see a rate increase more than the normal annual $.02 increase. The rate increases will be most impactful to residents that use 40,001 to 80,000+ gallons of water per billing cycle.

What are the water rate increases for multi-unit properties?

Multi-unit properties that use more than the 7,000 gallons per unit included in their base fee will see an increased rate on the additional usage.

What are the water rate increases for commercial properties?

Commercial properties will see an increased rate on all water usage per thousand gallons. 

When will the rate increase go into effect?

Rate increases will go into effect starting May 1 and will be reflected on the June statement.

How will these rate increases impact me?

Resident water rate increases are defined by a tiered system based on usage. Residents that use between 0-10,000 gallons of water will not see a rate increase more than the normal annual $.02 increase. The rate increases will be most impactful to residents that use 80,000+ gallons of water per billing cycle.

How does raising rates help drought conditions?

Rate increases are necessary to meet the rising cost of water due to its limited availability. A benefit from rate increases is that it helps preserve the community’s water resources by encouraging conservation behaviors that reduce water waste.

Does the city have a watering schedule?

Clearfield City is not dictating watering schedules currently. We recommend residents follow Weber Basin Water Conservancy District’s watering recommendations. More information on Weber Basin’s watering recommendations can be found here.

How often should I water?

Weber Basin Water Conservancy District’s recommends you water 20 minutes for overhead sprays and 40 minutes for rotor sprinklers per week. Following this recommendation will help you conserve and be less impacted by rate increases. More information on Weber Basin’s watering recommendations can be found here.

What can I do if my neighbors are overwatering?

Clearfield City is not enforcing water restrictions currently. Residents that wish to overwater can do so, but they will pay the increased cost of that usage. The more water they use, the more it will cost them.

How can I conserve water?

Residents can help by reducing water usage indoors by 10% and outdoors by 60%. The State’s Slow the Flow Program has great indoor and outdoor water conservation tips available on their website. Click here for indoor and here for outdoor conservation tips.

What is the city doing to conserve water?

The Parks & Recreation Department has developed a comprehensive plan to preserve the sports fields while balancing the drought conditions. Follow the city’s Facebook page or visit our website to stay up to date on water usage statistics and conservation efforts. 

Why is the city still watering parks?

Watering is occurring to preserve the sports fields and community spaces while balancing the drought conditions. Conservation efforts include watering at a 20% reduced rate, changing grass heights to preserve the turf, turning off water to park strips, utilizing wetting agents and slow-release fertilizer, and more. The Parks Department installed new water monitoring systems in 2021 and reduced its water usage by over 30%.

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