Changes to utility rates

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Effective January 1, 2021, there will be some changes in the water and wastewater costs on residents' monthly utility bills. Overall, the average household will have an increase of $1.41 per month or $16.92 per year. Each of the charges is explained briefly.

Current utility rates vary depending on several factors including location and type of service. Detailed rate information is in the Fees and Charges schedule under Your Council & County.

Water rates

Water - flat charge
There is no change in 2021. This covers the water meter, monthly billing and maintenance of fire hydrants.

Water - metered
The 2021 rate includes an increase in the cost to purchase water from EPCOR. The actual cost for each household will depend on the volume of water used. For a household using 14.5 cubic metres of water per month, this will mean an increase of $1.02 per month

You can control some of the costs by following some simple water conservation practices.

Water - truck fills
For residents who purchase water from the Sherwood Park, Ardrossan or South Cooking lake truckfill stations, the rate has increased by $0.07 per m3. This increase includes a small increase in the cost to purchase water from EPCOR as well as inflation on operations.

Wastewater rates

Sewer - This covers wastewater operation and maintenance costs. There was an operational savings per cubic meter of $0.03, For a household using 14.5 cubic metres of water per month, this will mean a decrease of $0.44 per month.

Sewer - residential treatment
This charge reflects the cost of sewage treatment at the Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission Treatment Plant, based on the amount of water consumed. The actual cost for each household will depend on the volume of water used. For a household using 14.5 cubic metres of water per month, this will mean an increase of $0.58 per month.

You can control some of the costs by following some simple water conservation practices.

Stormwater system rates

Sewer - storm
This covers the maintenance of the stormwater facilities and collection system. The 2021 rate includes the increase of operational inflation costs of $0.25.

Waste management services

This covers waste collection. There is no change in 2021.

See example utility bills for 2021.

Utilities
Phone: 780-467-7785
Email: scutilities@strathcona.ca

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Last updated: Tuesday, January 05, 2021
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