Water/sewer rates in Durham rising by roughly $17 next year

Water and sewer rates in Durham will be increasing by 1.8 per cent in 2019.

Regional council recently approved the increase, which will see the average bill jump by $17.28 ($4.32 per quarterly billing).

“Durham Region continues to provide safe, clean water to our residents,” said Regional Chair John Henry.

“This modest increase in user rates supports the continued investment in infrastructure for this important resource and allows us to maintain a safe, reliable service for our residents.”

These approved user rates, which cover costs related to system operation and capital projects, will take effect on Jan. 1.

“Although the rates are increasing slightly, Durham Region’s water and sanitary sewer rates are one of the lowest of the 13 larger municipalities in Ontario and fall below the average rate of these 13 larger municipalities,” a media release from Durham Region reads.

“Continued investment in an aging municipal water system is required to protect this important resource, and to meet obligations under the Safe Drinking Water Act.”

Durham’s water and sanitary sewer rates are reviewed on an annual basis, with recommendations made to regional council in December.

For more information on Durham Region’s water and sewer rate increases, click HERE.


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