Utilities - Water & Sewer
The City of Driggs provides water and sewer utility connections. Electricity, trash collection, internet connectivity, and other local service resources can be found on our Unique to Driggs page.
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Utility Rates, Bill Pay, & Connections
Effective October 1, 2021
The City charges water/sewer users for access and use of the utilities. Rates are revisited yearly during the budget cycle to assure users are paying appropriate rates. Water and sewer users are charged a base rate plus a usage rate each month.
Water services are metered and read monthly to determine the quantity of water used each month in thousands of gallons. Sewer usage is based on the average of water meter readings taken for the months of November - April (non-irrigation months) and applied throughout the year. Average for sewer only accounts and account open less than six month, a modified City average will be calculated and applied to the account.
Outside City Limits:
Usage (flow) rates for water & sewer users outside the corporate city limits of Driggs shall be 1.5 times the rates stated above.
Extra Water Taps:
Billed and served at the same rate as a water service. Where flow from an extra tap does not result in additional sewer flow, such extra water taps will not be charged for sewer service.
Construction Bulk Water:
The City of Driggs does not allow the public or contractors to connect to fire hydrants for bulk water purposes. Instead the city provides a fill location at the City Public Works Shop.
Annual per Company Permit Fee: $150.00
The rate for water used by permit holders shall be 1.5 times the Monthly water consumption rate for every 1,000 gallons purchased. City of Driggs Departments are exempt from Bulk Water Fees.
New User Deposit:
To open a new utility account, users shall pay a deposit as follows: Water = $75 per action and Wastewater = $75 per account This will be credited back to the account after 6 months, if the account remains in good standing.
Utility Account Service Forms
Water & Sewer Service Application Form - For new customers with an existing or new connection.
Monthly Water & Sewer Usage (Flow) Rates Calculation:
|Meter Size||Water Base $ Amount||Sewer Base $ Amount||Total Water & Sewer Amount + Flow (see below)|
Outside City Limits: Usage (flow) rates for water & sewer users outside the corporate city limits of Driggs shall be 1.5 times the rates listed.
Extra Water Taps: Billed and served at the same rate as a water service. Where flow from an extra tap does not result in additional sewer flow, such extra water taps wll not be charged for sewer service.
All new residences or commercial buildings within the City of Driggs, or within 300' of an existing sewer line, are required to connect to the City’s utility system. See Application form below to apply for a service connection and set up a utility account. An online form will be available soon.
Water Supply Fixture Units (WSFU), as specified and enumerated in the Uniform Plumbing Code, shall be used to determine water and sewer connection fees. All connection fees must be paid in full prior to the approval of a building permit or commencement of the service, whichever comes first. If a new structure is not within 300' of an existing line, a building permit will not be issued until the owner either negotiates with the City to extend water and/or sewer lines, or purchases a septic permit from District 7 Health Department.
Water Connection fees for sites within the corporate limits of the City, are shown below for a 1 inch connection. All rates and fees for water users outside the corporate city limits of Driggs shall be 1.5 times the in-city fee.
1" Line Connection Cost $1,785
1" Line Meter Fee $205
MXU Fee $163
Install of Both $65
TOTAL for 1" Line Connection $2,218
For sites within corporate limits of the City, the minimum sewer hookup fee shall be $2,625 for a structure with 25 WSFU or less. Structures with greater than 25 WSFU shall be charged $105 per Water Supply Fixture Unit (WSFU). WSFU counts for hose bibs and water sprinklers will not be included in the WSFU count used to determine sewer hookup fees. All rates and fees for sewer users outside the corporate city limits of Driggs shall be 1.5 times the in-city fee.
If the connection requires excavation in the right-of-way, a refundable road damage deposit is required prior to approval of the connection. Minimum road damage deposit is $2,000. If during the construction a fire hydrant is damaged, a $3,000 fee may apply.
Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Prevention Program
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) do not mix with water (insoluble) and have a tendency to separate from a liquid solution. When fats, oil and grease are poured down the drain, they tend to stick to the sewer pipe walls creating layers of buildup that restrict wastewater flow. This problem requires pipes to be cleaned more frequently, causes pipes to be replaced sooner than expected, and causes blockages that can result in sewer overflows.
Fats, oil and grease are natural by-products of the cooking and food preparation process. Common sources include food scraps, meat fats, cooking oils, lard, baked goods, salad dressings, sauces, marinades, dairy products, shortening, butter and margarine, coffee grinds, eggshells, grain, rice, seeds, etc.
Residential households contribute build-up in the sewer lines because of the amount of grease washed into the plumbing system, usually through the kitchen sink. When grease causes blockages in the sewer sewer line, Sanitary Sewer Overflow's (SSO's) can occur.
The easiest way to solve the grease problem is to keep FOG out of the sewer system in first place by following these easy disposal Tips:
- Never pour grease, fats, or oil down the sink or garbage disposal.
- Pur FOG into jars, cans, and plastic tubs. Let contents cool and solidify. When the container is fool, dispose of with your household trash.
- Mix cooking oil with an absorbent material such as cat litter or coffee grounds, place in a lidded container and dispose of with your household waste.
- For greasy pans, pour off grease into a container mentioned above, and use a paper towel to wipe out the remaining grease in the pan prior to washing.
Running Hot Tap Water
Running hot tap water down the drain will not help grease float through the sewer pipe because the water will eventually cool as it flows through the pipe and grease will become solid again.
Room Temperature Oils
If oils remain liquid at room temperature (such as extra virgin olive oil or toasted nut oils) are disposed down the drain, they will contribute to FOG buildup in sewer pipes, where temperatures can dip low enough to cause solidification of these oils.
Soaps and Detergents
The Use of soaps and detergents that claim to dissolve grease will not protect against grease buildup. Soaps may initially break up grease, but as it ravels further downstream it will eventually lose this ability grease will begin to accumulate in your home's plumbing and sewer laterals.
Running the garbage disposal will do nothing to protect your drain lines from accumulating grease. Garbage disposals only shred leftover fat into smaller pieces; they do not get rid of fats that create grease.
The best solution is always prevention, so keep FOG out of your pipes and the sewer system to avoid the inconvenience of having to call a drain cleaning service.
FOG prevention is implemented and enforced though plan checks, inspections, and education.
All FSEs are required to register their Grease Control Devices with the Public Works Department to ensure that such devices are properly sized and maintained.