Could using less water cost you more money in the future?
 
That's what the City of Fort Saskatchewan is looking into with their new proposed water and wastewater rate plan.
 
At the last Committee of the Whole meeting, senior infrastructure accountant Marley Hanrahan presented on potential options the city could follow. The goal of the proposed plan is to look at ways to guarantee a predictable revenue stream that would cover infrastructure costs.
 
In the plan, people who use around seven cubic metres per month would see an increase of $9 per month. A resident who uses 14 cubic metres per month would see around a $2 per month increase.
 
"I actually did speak opposed to having the changes made. Unless there's a really good justification for it I'll continue to oppose it," said mayor Gale Katchur. "We're being told that Fort Saskatchewan is doing a great job conserving water. I don't believe this will be a benefit."
 
The city is looking at a 3-5 year layout to cover 100 per cent of capital replacement and debenture costs.
 
Right now, the fixed water rates cover 33 per cent of the infrastructure costs.
 
"According to the statistics Fort Saskatchewan is one of the best communities in Alberta for conserving water and I think that's primarily due to the rates we charge," added Katchur.
 
Hanrahan did include that with an increase in population, the financial impact on residents would be lessened.
 
The presentation was taken as information.
 

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