SOUTH WEBER — The city's basic culinary water rates are going to almost double later this year, and the City Council is considering a tier schedule for using extra water.

"We are looking at a substantial increase," said City Manager Matthew Dixon.

The increases will mean South Weber's water rates will go from being among the lowest in Davis County to somewhere near the top.

"We should have been making regular increases over time," he said.

The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed water-rate increases on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m., at City Hall, 1600 E. South Weber Drive. The council will vote on whether to approve the increases at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug., 26, at 6 p.m.

The proposed new base rate will be $22 for the first 6,000 gallons used per month. The current rate is $12.75 for the first 8,000 gallons.

The usage limit is being dropped to 6,000 gallons because "we want to encourage conservation," Dixon said.

Conservation is also the reason for the a escalating tier-cost schedule after the base rate.

South Weber is served by four different secondary water companies. This means there is less pressure on the city's drinking-water system to water lawns and gardens.

The council has not decided when the new water rates would take effect but is leaning toward a fall timeline, no earlier than Oct. 1. The council has also discussed the possibility of enacting the new base rate this fall and not having the overage rates take effect until 2009.

For years, this city of about 6,500 residents has not increased its water rates, choosing instead to supplement the water fund with other monies.