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2018 Water Rates Approved by Council

On Monday December 11 2017, Council adopted the 2018 water rates. New rates come into effect on January 1st, 2018 with rates increasing by 5% for water and 2% for wastewater rates

For the average homeowner using 15,000 liters (15m3) of water per month, the increase will add up to an additional $2.70 per month, or $32.40 per year.

As part of the rate comparison, the town reviewed our water rates with over 225 municipalities from all parts of Alberta. (Link provided below*)

When compared with eight peer communities from the list; Drumheller's rates are very favourable. "We have one of the lowest water rates amongst comparable municipalities. This dispels the myth that rates/monthly bills are some of the highest in the province," noted Mayor Colberg.

In addition, Drumheller is the only Town amongst those surveyed that charges sewer rates at 80% of water consumption versus 100% for others. "This dispels the argument that the water on my lawn does not enter the sewer during the four months because for the other eight months it does", added Councilor Tony Lacher. He noted "we may not get a break on the water for two months during the summer; but we do get a break on the sewer for 12 months of the year."

"The Town of Drumheller utility service is fully supported through utility rates and is not funded through property tax," outlines Darryl Drohomerski, CAO of the Town of Drumheller. "Annual rate adjustments are necessary to cover increased operating costs associated with providing the service, to fund future capital improvements and to ensure the Town has adequate emergency funds for unexpected costs."

"We need to note that the Town is managing our water and sewer services responsibly. I would like to commend those who have set us on the right course with respect to a depreciating asset," says Lacher.

For more information contact:
Julia Fielding
Economic Development/Communications
Town of Drumheller
(403) 823-1320


Want to know more about utility rate comparisons in Alberta and how Drumheller stacks-up with other Towns and Cities? 

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