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Town of Rocky Mountain House
5116 50th Avenue
Box 1509
Rocky Mountain House, AB
T4T 1B2
Ph: (403) 845-2866
Fx: (403) 845-3230
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Bylaw 2018/17V

Bylaw 2018/17V (Water, Sewer and Solid Waste Bylaw) Fact Sheet

Bylaw 2018/17V received third and final reading on Sept. 4. This new bylaw combines all utilities (solid waste, water and wastewater), rates and penalties into one bylaw. It will also see all utility accounts move into the property-owner’s name within five years.

Base rates for residential and commercial water, wastewater and solid waste will increase slightly. The largest increases will be to residential and commercial water and wastewater consumption rates per cubic metre. This means if you use more, you pay more. Council has chosen this user-pay model coupled with a goal of achieving full cost-recovery on utilities as part of its long-term strategic plan to maintain the community’s assets.

The new fee structure will be phased in over the next year, with rate increases to take effect in January and July of 2019, as follows:

METERED PREMISES WATER

-No change between now and Dec. 31, 2018.

-On Jan. 1, 2019, the monthly base rate will increase to $28.46 (from $27.175 currently); consumption rate per cubic metre will increase to $1.15 (from $0.669 currently).

-On July 1, 2019, the monthly base rate will increase to $29.75 and the consumption rate per cubic metre will increase to $1.64.

RECONNECTION FEE & SERVICE CALL (PER OCCURRENCE)

Reconnection and service call fees will increase immediately.
$50 during regular business hours (from $29).
$100 during non-business hours (from $81).
Note: Further charges will apply after one hour and for additional staff.

BULK WATER

Bulk water rates will increase to $5.25 per cubic metre (from $4.90) in October. This change will be reflected in the November billing cycle. The minimum monthly billing fee of $15 is not changing.

METERED PREMISES SEWER

-No change between now and Dec. 31, 2018.

-On Jan. 1, 2019, the monthly base rate for wastewater will increase to $13.50 (from $12.825 currently); the consumption rate per cubic metre will increase to $0.94 (from $0.385 currently).

-On July 1, 2019, the monthly base rate for wastewater will increase to $14.15; the consumption rate per cubic metre will increase to $1.50.

BULK SEWER

Bulk sewer rates will decrease to $5.25 per cubic metre (from $8.10) ) in October. This change will be reflected in the November billing cycle, with a minimum monthly disposal charge of $15.

SOLID WASTE

-No change between now and Dec. 31, 2018.

-On Jan. 1, 2019, the monthly rate per residential disposal cart will increase to $26.40 (from $25.27 currently; the monthly base rate for commercial properties will increase to $16.89 (from $16.80).

-On July 1, 2019, the monthly rate per residential disposal cart will increase to $27.52; the monthly base rate for commercial properties will increase to $16.98.

The current commercial tonnage rate of $224.61 per tonne is not changing.

How are landlords and tenants affected by the new bylaw?

Bylaw 2018/17V specifies that all utility accounts must be associated with the property owner, not the resident or occupant.

The Town now requires all utility accounts currently in a tenant’s name to be transferred to the property-owner’s name at the next change in tenancy, or within five years, whichever comes first. This will give property owners time to adjust any residential tenancy agreements or commercial lease agreements.

The town will no longer take deposits on utility accounts from tenants.

How can I reduce my utility bill?

If you use more, you will pay more. Cut back at the tap to reduce your bill each month. Check www.rockymtnhouse.com for more tips and tricks to reduce your water consumption.

Can I sign up for utility e-billing or pre-authorized withdrawal? Yes. Download and complete enrolment forms and return them to the Town Office, or to .

Is the Town of Rocky Mountain House changing to a monthly billing cycle? Yes. Account holders will now receive monthly utility invoices. Fall 2018 invoice dates are Sept. 14, Oct. 15, Nov. 15 and Dec. 14.



REDUCE YOUR USE - Water-saving tips
The more you use the more you pay, so incorporate some of these ideas to keep your water consumption – and cost! – down.

Inside your home – tips for the bathroom and kitchen:
• Check for toilet leaks regularly. A slow toilet leak can increase your water bill.
• Shorten your shower! For each minute you reduce your morning or evening routine you will save nearly 10 litres of water.
• Replace washers in faucets every few years, especially if you live in an older home
• Install low-pressure toilets, water-saving shower heads, and low-flow faucet aerators
• Shut off the water to your home before you leave on vacation to avoid unintentional water use from impacting your bill
• Place a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of letting the tap run to get a cool drink.
• Water your houseplants with water saved from washing your fruits and vegetables, waiting for the water to warm up, or even when you clean your fish tank!
• Select one glass to use for drinking each day. If you do this, your dishwasher will take longer to fill up and it will not need to be run as frequently.
• Thaw foods in the refrigerator or in a bowl of hot water instead of using running water.
• Let your pots and pans soak instead of letting the water run while you clean them.
• Scrape the food on your dishes into the garbage instead of using water to rinse it down the disposal.
• Use your dishwasher and washing machine for full loads only. Set your machine water levels accordingly.

Outside your home – check all the ways you use water:
• Water your lawn only as needed. Follow best practices for watering new sod and avoid having water run off into the street or simply splash against fences and outbuildings.
• Add a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch slows evaporation, retains moisture and discourages weed growth
• Try planting drought-tolerant and regionally adapted plants in areas that are hard to water or that receive little use. This may include narrow strips near sidewalks or driveways and steep hills.
• Sweep your driveways and sidewalks with a broom instead of spraying them off with a hose.
• Check outdoor faucets, pipes, hoses and pools for leaks.
• Change your lawn mower to a 3-inch clipping height and try not to cut off more than one-third of the grass height when you mow.
• Consider replacing infrequently used lawn areas with low-water use plants or ground covers.
• Use a bucket of soapy water to wash your car, or simply place a shut-off nozzle on the end of your hose

Did You Know?
• Rocky Mountain House does not generate a profit from utility bills.
• Water leaks can be silent.
• Upon full implementation of the new water consumption rates, one cubic metre of water will cost residents $1.64.

One cubic metre of regular gasoline (at $1.25/litre): $1,250.
One cubic metre of red wine (at $15/bottle): $20,000
One cubic metre of 15-year-old Scotch (at $89.95/bottle): $119,933