Water, sewer rates set to climb under City bylaw proposal

Flin Flon residents may soon pay more for water and sewer services.

A proposed new bylaw from Flin Flon’s city council regarding water supply and sewage services includes increases for the service in each of the next three years. The bylaw proposal passed first reading during city council’s July 2 meeting.

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Under the proposal, unmetered services will increase by three per cent in 2020, 2.5 per cent in 2021 and another 2.5 per cent in 2022. Unmetered monthly fees will go from $103.83 this year to $106.94 in 2020, $109.62 in 2021 and $112.36 in 2022. The proposed changes will mean an average bill will go up by $102.36 a year by 2022.

According to the bylaw text, unmetered quarterly expenses will go from $311.49 in 2019 to $320.82 in 2020, stay at $320.82 in 2021 and go to $337.08 in 2022.

This is an application that is going to be made to increase our services,” said councillor Colleen McKee.

Commodity rates per 1,000 gallons will also increase, going from $11.62 this year to $12.57 in 2022.

The proposed bylaw will have to pass both second and third reading at city council before being sent to the Manitoba Public Utilities Board (PUB) for final approval. The city recently began work on a multi-million dollar water and sewer infrastructure renewal project, including pipe replacement at Ross Street and refurbishment to the city’s famed water tower on top of Sipple Hill.

 

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