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2017 rates

What rate increase was approved for the 2017 drainage fees?

Effective January 1, 2017, the typical residential customer will pay an additional $1.00 per month for drainage services. This amount reflects an increase of $0.50 per month for the sanitary utility and $0.50 per month for the stormwater utility. This rate increase applies to both residential and non-residential customers.

Why is there a rate increase?

​The increase is necessary to ensure long-term financial sustainability while maintaining operational service levels, and funding capital programs for neighbourhood renewal and rehabilitation of drainage infrastructure.

What services are included in the drainage fees?

​The fees support all sanitary and stormwater management services, neighbourhood renewal and activities to protect the environment, such as biosolids disposal (Biosolids are the by-product of the municipal wastewater treatment process).

What is the sanitary drainage charge for?

The sanitary charges are designed to recover the costs associated with planning, designing, building, operating and maintaining the pipes and facilities required for the collection and the transfer of wastewater from the places where we eat, work, play and visit to the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant.

What is the stormwater charge for?

The fee is for the collection, quality enhancement and disposal of stormwater that runs off our streets and properties into the sewer system. It includes construction and maintenance of storm sewers, as well as other stormwater management/quality enhancement facilities.

How was the rate determined?

The rate was set to ensure that the drainage system can maintain services and infrastructure as well as meet its financial obligations in the future.

Does everyone pay the same rate?
​Everyone will pay the same variable rate, while the fixed rate is based on the water meter size.
Is GST charged to my utility fee?

No, GST is not charged on drainage fees.

Why are the sanitary and stormwater rate increases greater than the inflation rate?

Significant portions of the increases to sanitary and stormwater fees go toward expansion of capital programs, increased operational expenses and help ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the utilities.

How will the sanitary and stormwater charges be calculated and applied to my utility bill in January 2017, a pro-rated month?

Your bill will show your charges for January’s water consumption, and the sanitary and stormwater drainage charges will be pro-rated and displayed on 2 lines.

  • The first line will show your charge at the old rate for the period up to December 31, 2016.
  • The second line will show your charge at the new rate for the period of January 1, 2017 and after.

Sanitary utility bill

How is the sanitary fee calculated?
​The fee is based on a fixed rate that is tied to the size of water meter and a uniform variable rate per cubic meter of water consumed. The rates are applied consistently to all residential and non-residential customers.
What is the monthly water consumption for a typical residential household?
​It is estimated that a typical residential Edmonton household used 15.40 cubic metres (15,400 litres) of water per month during the year 2015.
My toilet was leaking in our house for over a period of a few months. Will you give me a credit on my drainage charges since I didn't use the water?
​Since the water still entered the sewer system, and therefore needed to be collected and conveyed to the wastewater treatment plant, no credits will be given.
How is meter size determined for new commercial sites that are being constructed?
​This is done by EPCOR Water Services Inc. (EWSI). EWSI has a commercial meter inspector who is responsible for determining meter sizes based on site inspections and water demand analysis. A meter size that is too small for the amount of water required will result in insufficient water pressure to meet customer needs.
What is the process for customers requesting to downgrade their water meter size?
​The size of a water meter is dependent on the size of the water lines at the location. Customers may have reduced water flow if they change to a smaller meter. Inspections may also be required before a smaller meter is approved. Give us a call if your interested in a meter change 310-4300.

Stormwater utility bill

How is the stormwater fee calculated?
  1. Area of property - your lot size in square metres (m2).
  2. Development intensity - the measure of the portion of lot being used for its intended development.
    • For residential customers, the intensity of development factor is 1.0.
    • For non-residential properties that are largely undeveloped or using on-site stormwater management, a reduced factor may apply.
    • Properties draining directly to the North Saskatchewan River are eligible for a credit to reduce their stormwater fee.
  3. Run-off coefficient - the permeability of your lot's surface (i.e. grass versus concrete), based on land zoning.
    • The run-off coefficient for a single detached residential house is typically 0.50. However, depending on your property's land zoning classification, the run-off coefficient can range from 0.20 to 0.95.
  4. Rate - the monthly charge of 3.89 cents per square metre (m2) of land area.
Who do I call if I have concerns about the actual components of the stormwater charge on my bill (such as square metres of development intensity or run-off coefficient)?
​Call us at  310-4300.