Under this new system, a typical residential household using around 148 cubic metres of water a year, will see an approximate 6.6% decrease in their total annual bill. The base rate will be reduced from $74.58 per month to $47.00 per month for a standard residential service.
“Based on the projections in the five year report, my Council colleagues and I were confident in the decision to lower the water bill base rate. Not only will some residents see a lower amount on their bill, depending on their use, the new rates will continue to allow for a self-sustainable water and wastewater system,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.
Operation of the water and wastewater systems are funded through user fees and do not rely on municipal taxes. The Municipality charges a "single combined" utility fee for water and wastewater. This fee includes the minimum monthly base rate with an additional consumptive rate based on the users metered water consumption.
“By reducing the base rate and adjusting the consumption rates, it encourages residents to conserve water and puts more control in the hands of those using the system,” added Councillor John Barclay.
The new rates will take effect on October 1st, 2020 and users will see the changes reflected on their bi-monthly water bills that will be issued in December.
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