RDN water rates to go up 2 per cent in 2018

Increase to help fund upgrades and improvements

Residents in the Regional District of Nanaimo will be paying a bit more for water consumption this year.

The RDN is raising water rates by two per cent in 2018 to cover the cost of maintaining and operating nine community drinking water systems that it owns, and to allow for the continuous provision of safe and sustainable drinking water.

As well, the rate increase will help finance the upgrades and improvements that are laid out in the revised 2018-22 Financial Plan.

Staff recommended that the amendment to the water services and charges Bylaw No. 1655.07 be introduced and given three readings.

The minimum daily rate will go up to $0.34 this year from $0.33 in 2017. The proposed new rates this year for daily water consumption are:

• Up to 0.7 cubic metres: $1.04 (last year $1.02)

• From 0.71 m3 to 1.4 m3: $1.18 ($1.16)

• From 1.41 m3 to 2.1 m3: $1.52 ($1.49)

• From 2.11 m3 to 2.8 m3: $1.79 ($1.75)

• From 2.81 m3 to 3.5 m3: $2.40 ($2.35)

• Over 3.50 m3: $3.60 ($3.53)

For those with unmetered connections the rate per day is $3.06 and unmetered fire lines will be $65 per billing period.

— NEWS Staff

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