Utilities - Water & Sewer

The Utilities department administers water and wastewater services to five hamlets, seven rural areas, three water co-ops, and two reserves. On April 30, 2016 the County assumed ownership of the Riverbend Pumphouse.

The department has nine fulltime staff consisting of the: Director of Utilities, Utilities Manager, Utilities Coordinator, and 6 Utilities Operators. They’re responsible for:

  • 3 Level 2 Water Treatment plants,
  • 3 Level 1 Water storage facilities,
  • 6 Truck fill systems,
  • 11 Level 1 distribution systems,
  • 300kms of potable water service lines,
  • 4 Level 1 Waste Water treatment lagoons,
  • 9 Waste water lift stations,
  • and 5 Level 1 Waste water collection systems.

Water/Sewer Hookups Within County Hamlets

  1. Customer is applying for hookups & the service connections to the lot are in place Were local improvements charged on the lot? (check LIP register: local improvements may have been charged against the lot and subsequently been paid out)
    • Yes – No Hookup Fee
    • No -$15,000 Water
    • $7,000 Sewer
    • Condominium Developments
      • $7,000 Water
      • $4,000 Sewer
  2. Customer is applying for hookups & there are no service connections to the lot
    • Local improvement charges on the lot are not taken into consideration.
      (Off-site levies on newly sub-divided lots are considered to offset a portion of costs related to water/sewer infrastructure.)
    • The customer is responsible for actual costs of constructing the service connections.The customer must pre-pay a $2500 deposit;
      • The customer’s choice of contractor must be pre-approved by County staff;
      • The service connections must be inspected by County staff upon completion;
      • Upon approval of construction, the customer’s deposit will be refunded.
  3. Customer is applying and the property is not served by a water/sewer main
    • The customer will have to assume costs required to install the water/sewer mains;
    • The customer will have to pay to have the service connections installed;
    • Contact the County Utility Department for further information;

Water Hookups Outside Of Hamlet Boundaries

  1. Customer is connecting to County Main Lines
    • $20,000 fee for capital infrastructure costs plus cost of service connection (as noted above)
  2. Customer is connecting to Water Co-op Lines
    • The customer must apply to the appropriate water co-op;
    • Co-ops will charge their standard hook-up fee;
    • Co-ops will advise the County of the new customer.

Water/Sewer Rates

Hamlet Residents & Others on County Lines, Southside, Heart River, High Prairie East, Big Meadow, North End, & Riverbend $4.85/cubic meter
Kinuso Co-op; Kapawe’no First Nation $4.85/cubic meter
Northwest and West End Co-ops $4.85/cubic meter
Keylock Customers $4.85/cubic meter
Token Operations $6.50/300 gallons
Two Month Minimum Charge for County Customers 10 cubic meters
Service Charge for all Co-ops $5.50 per month
Service Charge for Keylocks $5.50 per month
Sewer Rates 50% of water consumption

These rates were approved by Bylaw 22-2010. Water and Sewer Rates Effective May 1, 2015.