At this evening’s regular Council Meeting, Council passed Third Reading of changes to the Utility Bylaw that will see rate changes effective March 1, 2017.
“Utility rates are reviewed every year and adjusted to generate sufficient revenue to meet budget needs, which are affected by inflation, growth, and the services provided,” said Tim Ainscough, Environmental Services Manager. “This year, the average household will see an increase of approximately $1.07 per month, or about 1.1%, on their monthly utility bill”.
Residential rates will change as follows:
These fee changes are effective March 1, 2017, and residents will see the rates reflected on their April utility bills.
Utility rates for water and wastewater are made up of two components – a fixed monthly charge and a variable usage charge. In recent years, The City has been increasing the proportion of revenue recovered from usage rates to encourage conservation and to give residents more control over their bill.
“Water conservation can play an important role in your overall utility bill,” said Ainscough. “For example, a household that uses 5 m3 will see a decrease of 3.7% this year, while a household that uses 17 m3 of water will see an increase of 0.3%. Residents can visit The City’s website to find out how to conserve water in their home or business”.
Revenue generated by utility rates is used to cover the cost of providing a number of services for City and regional customers, including:
- Treatment and distribution of safe, reliable water for households, businesses, and fire protection.
- Collection and treatment of wastewater from households and businesses to protect the health of our citizens, the river habitat, and downstream users.
- Collection and disposal of solid wastes in an environmentally responsible manner, with emphasis on recycling and reuse.
Fees for regional water and waste water customers and disposal fees at the Waste Management Facility fees will also change effective March 1. For more information, please visit .
To learn how to conserve water, please visit www.reddeer.ca/water.
For more information, please contact:
Tim Ainscough P.Eng.
Environmental Services Manager
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer