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Utility charges

2016 water and sewer rates will be available after council approval and will be effective May 1, 2016

Rates are effective January 1 of each year, unless otherwise noted.

Water rate

Per cubic metre per quarter 2012 rate 2013 rate 2014 rate 2015 rate
0 - 272 $1.35 $1.39 $1.42 $1.45
272.1 - 2,720 $1.20 $1.25 $1.31 $1.38
over 2,720 $1.12 $1.25 $1.31 $1.38

Sewer rate

Per cubic metre per quarter 2012 rate 2013 rate 2014 rate 2015 rate
  $2.10 $2.15 $2.21 $2.28

Daily basic charges for City-owned meters

Meter size 2012 rate 2013 rate 2014 rate 2015 rate
5/8" meter $0.20 $0.25 $0.30 $0.35
3/4" meter $0.21 $0.26 $0.31 $0.36
1" meter $0.25 $0.30 $0.35 $0.40
1 1/2" meter $0.29 $0.34 $0.41 $0.48
2" meter $0.40 $0.47 $0.56 $0.64
3" meter $1.27 $1.44 $1.67 $1.86
4" meter $1.60 $1.79 $2.08 $2.31
6" meter $2.36 $2.62 $3.03 $3.36
8" meter $3.22 $3.57 $4.12 $4.56
10" meter $4.09 $4.52 $5.21 $5.76

Daily basic charge for privately-owned meters

Meter size (both water and sewer service) 2012 rate 2013 rate 2014 rate 2015 rate
All meter sizes $0.15 $0.20 $0.25 $0.30

Waste Diversion Fee

  2013 rate 2014 rate 2015 rate 2016 rate
Per day $0.137 $0.137 $0.1507 $0.1535
Annual Rate $50.00 $50.00 $55.00 $56.00

Explanation of charges

Water rate

The water charge on your bill is based on the amount of water you use, as measured by the water meter. This covers the cost of bringing water from Shoal Lake to your home, including the cost of operating and maintaining the aqueduct, pumping stations, reservoirs, drinking water treatment plant and distribution system.

Sewer rate

The sewer charge on your bill is based on the amount of water you use, since most of it ends up as sewage. The revenue is used to collect, transport and treat sewage so that it meets environmental requirements before it is released to the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.

Basic charge

All customers who receive a utility bill are charged regularly to cover the cost of providing water service.

  • Billed on a daily rate.
  • Based on meter size for City-owned meters. It covers the cost of your water meter, customer service, billing and postage.
  • All privately-owned meters are assessed the same basic charge. It covers the cost of customer service, billing and postage.

The basic charge can be waived if water is not and cannot physically be supplied to the property. Contact to arrange for the installation of a sealable control valve and arrange to have the basic fee waived.

Waste Diversion Fee

The daily waste diversion fee was introduced to fund new programs that provide residents with more ways to reduce, reuse and recycle

  • billed as a daily charge for each dwelling unit serviced,
  • added to quarterly utility bills if you have a water account with us,
  • billed quarterly if you do not have City water and sewer service.

Additional charges

Meter replacement

  • 5/8 inch – $154.00 plus GST
  • 3/4 inch – $195.00 plus GST
  • 1" - 2" – Cost of meter plus $138.00
  • 3" - 10" – Cost of meter cost plus $173.00

A fee applies when we need to replace meters that are missing or not in their original condition (ex: damaged).

Meter testing

Customers may request and witness a test of their meter at a cost of:

  • $86.00 plus GST for 5/8 and 3/4 inch meters
  • $212.00 plus GST for one inch and larger meters

The meter test fee is refunded if the meter does not test within the limits outlined by the American Waterworks Association. Contact us for more information or if you have questions.

Water pipe thawing - frozen on property owner's side:

  • Property zoned residential – $318.00 (total cost)
  • Property zoned other than residential – $260.00 for the first hour or any portion of the hour and $63.00 for each additional half-hour or any portion of the half hour
  • City portion – no charge

Lot grading charges

Recycling and garbage collection charges

Cross-connection and backflow inspections

  • $479.00 plus GST
  • As part of these inspections, we will:
    • inspect the entire premise to identify potential cross connection and backflow situations
    • inspect cross connection and backflow control devices to ensure they have been installed and are operating properly
    • issue a work order to the owner to correct any cross connection or backflow conditions
    • follow up to ensure any deficiencies are corrected

Rental charges

Water tank (temporary water supply):

  • Delivery and first day of rental is $280.00.
  • Each additional day is $21.00.
  • Additional tank fills are $232.00 (includes pick-up and delivery).

Contact 311 for more information or if you have questions.

Backflow preventer with lockable box

  • Per unit / per week - $185.00
  • Per unit / per month - $530.00
  • Plus permit, water and meter costs

Contact us for more information or if you have questions.


GST does not apply to above rates and charges unless noted.

Last updated: March 31, 2016