A family of four in Salt Lake City, using roughly 50 gallons per day a low amount would pay $35.47 per month. That bill includes water, stormwater and sewer fees.
In contrast, rainy Seattle came in with the highest monthly amount, $171.48, according to a story in the Seattle Times. Atlanta was second at $150.72, and San Francisco was third at $126.51.
Generally, these bills pay for the pipes and the water treatment, but not the water itself. The more expensive areas, like Seattle, recently had major upgrades of their water systems. The cheaper areas tend to spend less on their water systems.
In Utah, these upgrades are subsidized through property taxes, and that's controversial.
The Utah Foundation released a report back in September that noted the state is the second driest in the nation and has the second highest per-capita water use.
It called for local governments to boost water bills, in part to encourage people to conserve.
Nothing has happened on that front. But with a dry winter some are worried about the state's water supply. Salt Lake City has issued a water-shortage advisory, the first step toward rationing if the situation doesn't improve.