Water Rate Review 2017

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The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) has

approved new water rates and regulations for the

East Hants Water Utility, effective July 1, 2017


 Rules & Regulations – Effective July 1, 2017

East Hants Water Utility Rates & Charges – Effective Jul 1, 2017

East Hants Water Utility Rates & Charges – Effective Jul 1, 2018

East Hants Water Utility Rates & Charges – Effective Jul 1, 2019


Approved Water Rates are summarized

in the tables below.  


Water Bill Calculator

We have developed a water bill calculator to help our residents better understand the impact that these new rates will have on their water bill.

To use this calculator you will need to know your water consumption amount which can be found in the Usage column of your water bill. If you do not know your usage, the average household meter (5/8″) registers 8,200 gallons per quarter which can vary depending on the number of people living in the home and the water needs of the household.

To calculate the water bill for your business or household, please choose your meter size and input the number of gallons used:


Water Rates

5/8″ (Residential Meter) Information  

Up to June 30th

Approved Rates

2017

July 1 ‘17

April 1 ‘18

April 1 ‘19

Base Rate 5/8” meter

$45.10

$44.41 $45.91

$47.00

Per 1,000 gallons

$9.55

$11.00 $12.00

$12.34

Average Quarterly Bill

$125.00

$137.00 $147.00

$151.00

Average Annual Bill

$500.00

$548.00 $588.00

$604.00

 

Other Base Rates 

Up to June 30th Approved Rates
Meter Size 2017 July 1 ‘17 April 1 ‘18

April 1 ‘19

3/4”

$66.27 $65.15 $67.38 $69.01

1“

$108.62 $106.62

$110.32

$113.02

1.5“

$214.48

$210.31 $217.68

$223.05

2”

$341.52

$334.73 $346.51

$355.09

3”

$680.30

$666.53 $690.06

$707.18

3” Compound

$1,360.60 $1,333.06 $1,380.12

$1,414.36

 

Bulk Water Rates (per 1,000 gallons)

Up to June 30th

Approved Rates

2017

July 1 ‘17 April 1 ‘18

April 1 ‘19

$8.78 $13.10 $13.74

$13.95

 


Water Related Services & Charges

There are fees for water-related services, such as new service connection fees, private hydrant connection permits, service charges, etc.  These are identified in the table below – for more detail click to the relevant section of Schedule A – Schedule of Rates and Charges:

Sprinkler Systems 6" or less in diameter $300 per yr Section 4
Sprinkler Systems 8" or more $400 per yr Section 4
Private Hydrants Per hydrant $200 per yr Section 5
Hydrant Connection Fee Per Permit $100 Section 7
Temporary Service Connection $100 Section 8
New Account Administration Fee $25 Section 9
Meter installation/Inspection Fee Regular Business hours $40 Section 9
Meter installation/Inspection Fee After normal business hours $200 Section 9
Suspension of Services Re-connection Fee First time violations $50 Section 9
Suspension of Services Re-connection Fee 2nd and successive violations within 1 yr period $85 Section 9
Suspension of Services Re-connection Fee After normal business hours $200 Section 9
NSF Cheque Administration Fee $25 Section 10
Collection / Investigation Fee $25 Section 11
Missed Appointment Fee Charge per missed visit $40  Section 12
Theft of Service Charge (Illegal water connection) 1st offence $300 Section 13
Theft of Service Charge (Illegal water connection) 2nd offence $600 Section 13
Special Service Charge Regular Business hours $50 Section 14
Special Service Charge After normal working hours $200  Section 14
Special Service Charge Subsequent connections / disconnections per visit $50  Section 14
Water Bill Copy Fee per copy $10 each Section 15

Asset Management (2017-2021)

Significant Infrastructure Work will take place over the next two years with the construction of two water mains, one in Enfield and one in Lantz.  The East Hants Water Utility has received 3/4 funding from the Province and Federal government under the Clean Water & Wastewater Infrastructure Fund for these projects; the water main projects must be complete by March 31, 2018.

The other significant investment in infrastructure over the next five years is the Meter Replacement Program.  This will involve the replacement of the Utilities aging meters, transitioning from hand read imperial meters (imp. gallons) to radio read metric (cubic meters).

There was no new debt proposed in the 2016 Rate Application.  The Utility will be using Infrastructure and Depreciation Reserves to fund all major capital work.

 

Enfield Twater meterransmission Main – New Construction – $1,958,880

Lantz Transmission Main – New Construction – $1,475,000

Evergreen Crescent Transmission Main – New Construction – $125,000

Water Meter Replacement Project – Replacement – $1,053,000

 

 

 

 

Other Capital Projects included in the rate review period:

2016/2017 Enfield Water Treatment Plant roof replacement – $150,000

2017/2018  Water Loss Detection Equipment – $25,000

2017/2022 Meters – New Installation – $160,000

2017/2022 Hydrants – New Installation – $300,000

2020/2022  Plant Improvements to meet the Guidelines for anticipated Canadian Drinking Water Quality (GCDWQ) standards – $40,000

 

Future Projects for Consideration – 2021/2022 & Beyond

Lantz North Water Tower – New Construction – $2,000,000

Shubenacadie Main Replacement 5 phases – $2,750,000

Shubenacadie Water Production Well – New Construction – $100,000

Lantz Water Tower Repainting – $145,000


Useful Links:

East Hants Water Utility Rates & Charges (effective April 1, 2012 to June 30th, 2017)

East Hants Rules & Regulations (effective April 1, 2010 to June 30th, 2017)

Report to Council – July 2016 – Council Report – Meter Replacement Plan

Report to Council – October 2016 – Council Report – Rate Review Application

Water Rate Review – Application

Water Rate Review – NSUARB Order – May 12, 2017

Water Rate Decision – NSUARB Decision – May 12, 2017

The NSUARB regulates water utilities through the Public Utilities Act of Nova Scotia.   The NSUARB has extensive information online about the rate setting process nsuarb.novascotia.ca.

Nova Scotia Utility & Review Board – Customers/Public Water User Guide