Water utility rates are set in the Water Services Bylaw. Water utilities are billed quarterly throughout the year. Billing dates are based on the area of the city in which your property is located. There is no minimum usage charge per billing period.
The new water and sewer rate structure is designed to:
- Encourage water conservation, especially for high water users,
- Cover all of the costs of water and wastewater utilities related to operations (treatment, storage, pumpage and distribution/collection systems),
- Cover costs of capital projects related to water quality, city growth and regulatory requirements, and
- Ensure rate fairness among all users.
Example of Quarterly Calculation
Following is an example of a residential quarterly utility bill. The water consumption for this resident is 2500 cubic feet (cf), and the size of meter is 3/4 inches.