On August 31, 2015, we filed an application with the BC Comptroller of Water Rights to revise the Contribution in Aid of Construction (CIAC) charge applicable to developers or new customers applying to become part of the French Creek water utility.
On September 9, 2015, the new rate was approved on an interim and refundable basis by the BC Comptroller of Water Rights in Order No. 2429. The new CIAC charge reflected costs borne by EPCOR to expand waterworks capacity for the benefit of developers or new customers.
The charge came into effect on September 1, 2015 and is collected by EPCOR when new development applications are received.
About the Updated Charge
EPCOR added new well capacity in French Creek to meet current demands and accommodate expected future growth from developers and new customers. This work was approved by the BC Comptroller of Water Rights in Order 2421. As a result of this work, the total well capacity increased. In this application, we sought to recover the cost of adding this well capacity from developers and new customers.
The Regulatory Process
The new CIAC charge will remain interim and refundable, subject to a final decision by the Comptroller of Water Rights.
If you have comments about the application, please forward them to Rick Couroux, Secretary to the Deputy Comptroller of Water Rights, before October 30, 2015, with a copy to EPCOR Water (West) Inc.
Submissions can be mailed, emailed or faxed using the information below.