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Water Utility User Fee Rate Restructure coming in 2022

City Council approved changes to the Water Utility user fee rate structure at the June 28, 2021 Regular Council meeting (Click here to read the Corporate Report). The new rate structure will be phased in over four years and will align water consumption to water utility costs and will promote water conservation.  Use this calculator to estimate your 2022 quarterly bills. 

The new structure will be a consumption-based model and will (once fully phased in):

  • Bill customers a smaller fixed fee based on meter size (including multi-family buildings which are currently calculated by unit).
  • Bill customers only for the water consumption used.

Advantages of the new rate structure:

  • Customers will no longer be paying for water they do not use. With the current rate structure, many customers do not use all of their water consumption included in the fixed fee.
  • Bills will be reduced for customers who use less water. For example, when away from home and no water is used, only the fixed fee will apply.
  • The new rate encourages water conservation. Previously customers could only affect their bill if they were using more water than what was included in the fixed fee.
  • The new structure is similar to neighbouring cities with metered water and is easier to understand.

Impact on customers:

Depending on each customer’s water usage, bills will either decrease, be similar or increase.  The new rate structure is to be phased in over 4 years:

  • Phase 1 – the fixed fee would be reduced by 20% and the consumption included in the fixed fee would also be reduced by 20%. 
  • Phase 2 – the fixed fee would be reduced by a further 20% and the consumption included in the fixed fee would also be reduced by a further 20%. 
  • Phase 3 – the fixed fee would be reduced by a further 20% and the consumption included in the fixed fee would also be reduced by a further 20%. 
  • Phase 4 – the new rate structure will be fully implemented. 

Next Steps:

  • Phase 1 water rates were approved by Council on December 14, 2021.  Use this calculator to estimate your 2022 quarterly bills.
  • Letters to high use customers, who could see significant increases to their water bills, were mailed in November 2021.
  • The new rate would be effective for the 1st quarter bill of 2022. This bill is mailed to customers in April 2022.

2022 Residential Fees

Single Family (including duplex, triplex or fourplex dwellings)

Minimum by Meter Size
Includes Consumption Up To
Effective January 1, 2022 Per Quarter

Single Family Minimum (5/8 inch meter)

1,200 cubic feet

$     115.10                    

Single Family Minimum (1 inch meter)

3,120 cubic feet

231.30                    

Single Family Minimum (1 1/2 inch meter)

6,000 cubic feet

462.60                    

Single Family Minimum (2 inch meter)

9,600 cubic feet

740.30                    

Single Family Minimum (3 inch meter)18,000 cubic feet

1,388.10                   
Single Family Minimum (4 inch meter)30,000 cubic feet

2,313.50                   
Single Family Minimum (6 inch meter)60,000 cubic feet4,571.60                  

Excess consumption above consumption included in minimum, per 100 cubic feet: $6.21

2022 Multi Family Fees

Minimum Per Unit         
Includes Consumption Up To
Effective January 1, 2022 Per Quarter

Multi Family Minimum per unit                     

600 cubic feet per unit

$      41.00                    

Excess consumption above consumption included in minimum, per 100 cubic feet: $6.21

2022 Non Residential Fees

Minimum by Meter Size
Includes Consumption Up To
Effective January 1, 2022 Per Quarter

Non Residential Minimum (5/8 inch meter)

1,200 cubic feet

$     92.60                    

Non Residential Minimum (1 inch meter)

3,120 cubic feet

231.30                    

Non Residential Minimum (1 1/2 inch meter)

6,000 cubic feet

462.60                    

Non Residential Minimum (2 inch meter)

9,600 cubic feet

740.30                    

Non Residential Minimum (3 inch meter)

18,000 cubic feet

1,388.10                    

Non Residential Minimum (4 inch meter)

30,000 cubic feet

2,313.50                    

Non Residential Minimum (6 inch meter)

60,000 cubic feet

 4,571.60                    

Excess consumption above consumption included in minimum, per 100 cubic feet: $6.21

2021 Residential Fees

Single Family (including duplex, triplex or fourplex dwellings)

Minimum by Meter Size
Includes Consumption Up To
Effective January 1, 2021 Per Quarter

Single Family Minimum (5/8 inch meter)

1,500 cubic feet

$     143.90                    

Single Family Minimum (1 inch meter)

3,900 cubic feet

289.10                    

Single Family Minimum (1 1/2 inch meter)

7,500 cubic feet

578.30                    

Single Family Minimum (2 inch meter)

12,000 cubic feet

925.40                    

Single Family Minimum (3 inch meter)22,500 cubic feet

1,735.10                    
Single Family Minimum (4 inch meter)37,500 cubic feet

2,891.90                    
Single Family Minimum (6 inch meter)75,000 cubic feet5,714.50                    

Excess consumption above consumption included in minimum, per 100 cubic feet: 4.37

2021 Multi Family Fees

Minimum Per Unit         
Includes Consumption Up To
Effective January 1, 2021 Per Quarter

Multi Family Minimum per unit                     

750 cubic feet per unit

$      51.30                    

Excess consumption above consumption included in minimum, per 100 cubic feet: 4.37

2021 Non Residential Fees

Minimum by Meter Size
Includes Consumption Up To
Effective January 1, 2021 Per Quarter

Non Residential Minimum (5/8 inch meter)

1,500 cubic feet

$     115.70                    

Non Residential Minimum (1 inch meter)

3,900 cubic feet

289.10                    

Non Residential Minimum (1 1/2 inch meter)

7,500 cubic feet

578.30                    

Non Residential Minimum (2 inch meter)

12,000 cubic feet

925.40                    

Non Residential Minimum (3 inch meter)

22,500 cubic feet

1,735.10                    

Non Residential Minimum (4 inch meter)

37,500 cubic feet

2,891.90                    

Non Residential Minimum (6 inch meter)

75,000 cubic feet

5,714.50                    

Excess consumption above consumption included in minimum, per 100 cubic feet: 4.37