Water Rates under Review

From Jeff Lieper’s newsletter. More at

As many know, the City is currently undertaking a review of how it charges for water and stormwater. I sit on the Environment Committee, and am looking forward to hearing how staff will or won’t recommend charging for water – which is currently billed strictly according to how much a household uses.

Reviewing how we charge for water and wastewater has become important since water usage is declining while expenditures are generally fixed and predictable.

To deal with this, the City is contemplating a new rate structure that could, for example, fix a fee that everyone pays for water, no matter how much they use, and then charge for any additional water on a consumption basis.

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