RDN set to hike water rates in 2020

Increase to help offset costs of nine community water systems

The Regional District of Nanaimo is raising water rates, effective next year.

The regional district staff proposed a two per cent increase to pay for anticipated operating and maintenance costs of the nine community water systems it owns and operates.

The rate increase will be included in the 2020 budget and the 2020-2024 financial plan. The rates are adjusted annually to reflect change in Canada’s Consumer Price Index only. The annual rate adjustment has been two per cent for many years. This means the rate for up to 0.7 cubic metres of consumption will go up to $1.08 from $1.06 and for those over 3.50 cubic metres, it will increase from $3.67 to $3.75.

RDN staff is working with a consultant to develop a long-term capital plan for the nine water service areas. It will provide a detailed asset management plan in 2019 to be used to guide preparation of the short and long term financial for each of the water system.

Next year, more analysis will be conducted to establish the revenue requirements to support the long-term financial plans and to ensure that the balance between user rates and parcel taxes is reasonable and sustainable.

— NEWS Staff

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