City keeping water rates low
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Nov 27, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

City keeping water rates low

Stratford Gazette

Chet Greason cgreason@stratfordgazette.com

Water rates will increase eight cents in 2014.

The Finance and Labour Relations committee agreed to the hike at Monday night’s council meeting.

The consumption charge Stratford residents can expect to pay for the first three cubic metres (m3) of water will jump to $2.50 from $2.42. Any additional water used will cost $1.02/m3, up from $0.98/m3.

Minimum consumption charges will rise to $7.50 from $7.26.

According to a staff report, the rate hike will help alleviate inflation and the rising cost of service.

However, Joe Salter, manager of water treatment and distribution for the city, says water consumption has been on a steady decline since 1994. This past year there was a decrease of eight per cent, which Salter chalked up to a wet summer.

Even with the hike, Stratford’s rates are substantially less than other neighboring municipalities. London’s rate is almost double what Stratford pays.

Sanitary sewer rates are currently 156 per cent of the water consumption costs. That percentage will remain the same, although with the new price hike, it will result in the average household paying an extra $1.42 more per month.

Landfill, waste tags, and recycling fees will all remain the same, although landfill tipping fees will see an increase in January. The regular tipping fee will climb to $76 per tone from $75.50, while the large hauler rate will increase to $71 per tone from $69.50.

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