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Per Bylaw 2023-12, a new consumption-based formula for water & wastewater utility rates was introduced September 1, 2022. Changes also include modest increases in overages and monthly fees. These changes reflect a more proportionate method of billing, and are designed to move municipal utility services closer to cost recovery. Highlights of the September 2022 changes are listed below.

Water Utility Rates

Until recently, all MD households were charged a standard rate of $62.41 per month for water. This rate was based on 18 cubic metres (or 18,000 litres) per account per month — whether you used it all or not. Monthly consumption in excess of this volume was billed at $1.42/m3.

Under the MD’s new fee structure (Schedule B of Bylaw 2023-12), ratepayers now pay a monthly service fee of $22.40, plus $3.88 per cubic metre up to 45m3 of consumption, with additional usage billed at $7.75/m3. To put this into context: if your household or business used six cubic metres of water in a given month, you would pay solely for this usage — which equates to just $45.68 (rather than the prior flat rate of $62.41.

The MD founded its new billing rate of $3.50 per cubic metre on its historic utility calculation: $62.41 (the flat monthly rate) divided by 18 (average ratepayer consumption in cubic metres) equals $3.46. The figure was rounded up to $3.50. This fractional rate increase aside, the important takeaway is that water bills will accurately reflect each ratepayer’s consumption going forward.

Bulk Water Rates: Smith; Wagner & Canyon Creek; and Flatbush & Marten Beach

Prior to the new fee structure (Schedule B of Bylaw 2023-12), users of the Canyon Creek, Wagner, Flatbush, and Smith truckfills paid $0.714/m3 for up to 20 cubic metres of water, and $1.428 for each additional cubic metre used in a given month. As of January 1, 2024, bulk water users in these communities were charged the standard water utility rate of $3.88 per cubic metre.

The account deposit of $100.00 continues to be in effect, and the $50.00 key deposit for Flatbush and Wagner ratepayers also remains in place.

Service Fees

Description

Price

Unit

GST

Call out – regular work hours

$40.00

Per hr. per staff (min. 1 hr.)

T

Call out – after hours

$60.00

Per hr. per staff (min. 1 hr.)

T

Water/sewer connect/disconnect fee (turn curb stop on and off)

$100.00

Per service

E

Late penalty for overdue accounts (all utility account invoices)

1.5%

Per hr. per staff (min. 1 hr.)

E

Contracted services (owners' responsibility – all costs incurred)

Contractor rate

Per service

T

*T = Taxable; E = Exempt

Water Service Fees

Hamlet and Rural Water Distribution Systems

(Canyon Creek, Widewater, Wagner, Flatbush, Smith, Poplar Lane, Bayer Road, and Sawridge Road)

Description

Price

Unit

GST

Monthly service fee

$22.40

Per service

E

Utility account deposit

$100.00

Per account (refundable)

E

Potable water – residential/non-residential (0 - 45 m3/month)

$3.88

Per m3

E

Potable water – residential/non-residential (over 45 m3/month)

$7.75

Per m3

E

Potable water industrial (a consumer whose property falls within the Heavy Industrial (HI) District as described in Land Use Bylaw as amended from time to time and which uses water for manufacturing and production processes and other industrial processes, one which uses water for work camps, and hauling for other manufactured processes)

$12.50

Per m3

E

Potable water line Installation deposit fee (to install from MD-owned main water line to property line; includes asphalt, curb & gutter, etc. [owner’s expense])

$3,000

Deposit per service (refundable upon approval of construction)

E

Connection fee (right to connect from the MD-owned main water line)

$1,500

Per service (water/sewer)

E

Connection fee – curb stop (service valve)
(right to connect to the MD-owned curb stop)

$500

Per service (water/sewer)

E

Bulk Water Stations

(Canyon Creek, Wagner, Marten Beach, Smith and Flatbush)

Description

Price

Unit

GST

Monthly Service Fee

$22.40

Per service

E

Bulk water deposit (Canyon Creek, Flatbush, Marten Beach, Smith and Wagner)

$100.00

Deposit per account (refundable)

E

Bulk water key deposit

$50.00

Deposit per key (refundable)

E

Potable water – residential/non-residential (0 - 45 m3/month)

$3.88

Per m3

E

Potable water – residential/non-residential (over 45 m3)

$7.75

Per m3

E

*T = Taxable; E = Exempt

Service Fees

Gravity and Low-Pressure Wastewater Collection Systems

Flatbush, Smith and Southshore area

Description

Price

Unit

GST

Sanitary service installation deposit fee (to install from MD-owned main sewer line to property line; Includes asphalt, curb stop, gutter, etc. [owner’s expense])

$3,000.00

Deposit per service (refundable upon approval of construction)

E

Connection fee (right to connect from the MD-owned main sewer line)

$1,500.00

Per service (water/sewer)

E

Connection fee (right to connect to MD-owned curb stop [Southshore area only])

$500.00

Per service (water/sewer)

E

Wastewater Lagoon

Description

Price

Unit

GST

Lagoon account deposit (septic receiving station)

$200.00

Deposit per account (refundable)

E

Commercial tipping fee rate

$8.00

Per m3

E

Sewer Rates

Description

Price

Unit

GST

Residential

$1.00

Per m3 used (minimum $30.00)

E

Commercial

$1.00

Per m3 used (minimum $35.00)

E

Non-residential (schools, recreational facilities, churches, legions, including all non-profit organizations)

$1.00

Per m3 used (minimum $25.00)

E

Potable water industrial (a consumer whose property falls within the Heavy Industrial (HI) District as described in Land Use Bylaw as amended from time to time and which uses water for manufacturing and production processes and other industrial processes, one which uses water for work camps, and hauling for other manufactured processes)

$12.50

Per m3

E

Raw water

$2.00

Per m3

E

Raw water industrial (a consumer whose property falls within the Heavy Industrial (HI) District as described in Land Use Bylaw as amended from time to time and which uses water for manufacturing and production processes and other industrial processes, one which uses water for work camps, and hauling for other manufactured processes)

$6.00

Per m3

E

*T = Taxable; E = Exempt

Parts & Accessories Fees

Description

Price

Unit

GST

Low-Pressure Sewer System Package

Current cost

Per package

T

Liberty pump – pitless style (5-year warranty)

Current cost plus 5%

Per package

T

Liberty pump – gooseneck style (5-year warranty)

Current cost plus 5%

Per package

T

Water meters and accessories

Current cost plus 5%

Per package

T

*T = Taxable; E = Exempt

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