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Utility rate changes offer residents more control over their bills

February 5, 2018 3:37 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

At this evening’s regular Council Meeting, Red Deer City Council passed a Utility Bylaw amendment that will offer residents more control over their utility bill costs starting March 1, 2018.

In 2018, the average household will see an increase of approximately $2.49 per month, or about 2.4% on their utility bill, but changes to fixed costs and per-use costs will offer residents more flexibility in their utility expenses.

“Utility rates for water and wastewater are made up of two components – a fixed monthly charge and a variable usage charge,” said Environmental Services Manager Tim Ainscough, “By lowering fixed fees, we have increased the proportion of the bill based on actual use, which will give residents more control over their monthly bills.”

Residential rates will change as follows:

Residential fees    
  March 2017 March 2018
Variable ($/m3)  $ 1.47   $ 1.52
Fixed monthly fee (16 mm meter)  $ 16.05  $ 15.70
Typical monthly fee, based on 17 m3 usage  $ 41.04   $ 41.54
Increase over prior year for typical usage  3.0%   1.2%
Variable ($/m3)  $ 1.47   $ 1.52
Fixed monthly fee  $ 18.35   $ 18.25
Typical monthly fee, based on 15.3 m3 usage  $ 40.84   $ 41.51
Increase over prior year for typical usage  -2.2%   1.6%
Garbage and recycling    
Monthly residential waste collection fee (garbage,
recycling and Green Cart pick-up)
 $20.40 (+4.1%)  $21.72 (+6.4%)
Multi-family monthly recycling fee (Garbage is
collected in a bin)
 $ 4.20 (+5%)  $ 4.24 (+1%)

“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 nominal increase of 0.1% this year, while a household that uses 17 m3 of water will see an increase of 2.4%. We provide water conservation tips on The City’s website so residents can learn how to conserve water in their home or business”.    

These fee changes are effective March 1, 2018, and residents will see the rates reflected on their April utility bills.

Utility rates are reviewed each year to ensure revenue will be sufficient 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 waste 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 www.reddeer.ca/utilityrates.

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

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