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Adjustment of sewer charges program

This program is for customers who use large volumes of water not discharged to the wastewater system, land drainage works, or into a body of water (e.g., river, stream, retention pond).

Examples of approved applications include:

  • water lost to evaporation (e.g., cooling tower)
  • water used in product (e.g., food manufacturing)

The program is based on volume, not on specific processes. We review each application separately.


To qualify, you must:

  1. Submit an application form along with all required information.
  2. Pay in advance the application fee as listed in the Fees and Charges Schedule.
  3. Demonstrate by water meter readings that more than 1,000 kilolitres of your annual water use does not go into the wastewater system, land drainage works or into a body of water.
  4. Pay for the installation of cold water meters and any plumbing modifications required.
  5. Supply, install and maintain a wastewater meter, or any other meter, if required.

You can find full details of the program requirements in the City of Winnipeg Sewer By-law 106/2018, Section 97.

Estimate of adjustment

To estimate the adjustment:

  1. estimate the amount of water you used that did not go into the sewer system
  2. subtract 1,000 kilolitres
  3. multiply by the current sewer rate.

Applying for the adjustment

To apply, complete the application Icon indicating a pdf file which will open up a new browser window. (pdf - 305kb)

If you qualify for the adjustment

  1. You will pay sewer charges on the first 1,000 kilolitres of water used.
  2. We will credit the initial application fee (and subsequent renewal fees), back to your account.
  3. We will supply and maintain the cold water meters. If they are already in place, we will replace them as required.
  4. We will credit the sewer charge adjustment to your account annually.
  5. You will pay a renewal fee as listed in Schedule "A" for subsequent years.

To opt out of the program

Do not pay the annual renewal fee.

For more information, contact 311.

Last updated: April 11, 2019

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