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Saugeen Shores Water and Sewer Rates

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EFFECTIVE April 1, 2017

Rate Structure

Property Type or Meter Type

Equivalent Household Unit (EHU)

Factor applied per Unit

Bi-Monthly Fixed Water Capital Contribution

Bi-Monthly Fixed Sewer Capital Contribution

Single Family Residential, Semi Detached & Condominium Units

1

36.86

41.02

Multi-family Residential

0.5

18.43

20.51

Campground Sites - per site

0.3

11.06

12.30

Motel Rooms - per room

0.2

7.38

8.20

Cabins and Cottage Courts - per cabin or cottage - 3 or more units

0.4

14.74

16.40

Cabins and Cottage Courts - minimum charge - 2 or fewer units

 

36.86

41.02

Retirement Lodges/Nursing Homes - per room

0.2

7.38

8.20

1" Meter Fixed Capital Contribution

58.98

65.62

1.5" Meter Fixed Capital Contribution

88.48

98.44

2" Meter Fixed Capital Contribution

117.96

131.26

3" Meter Fixed Capital Contribution

176.94

196.88

4" Meter Fixed Capital Contribution

235.94

262.52

6" Meter Fixed Capital Contribution

353.90

393.78

Water - Volumetric Rate: $0.83 per cubic meter

Sewer - Volumetric Rate: $1.49 per cubic meter

Sewer - Residential Cap: $145.32 bi-monthly (based on 70 m3 of consumption)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO ALL USERS OF THE
SAUGEEN SHORES MUNICIPAL WATER & SEWER SYSTEM
EFFECTIVE APRIL 2017 INVOICING

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 The Town of Saugeen Shores has adopted a Water Financial Plan and a Sewer Financial Plan that identify our long term financial obligations for operating, maintaining and upgrading the municipal water and sewer system over a 15 year planning horizon. In 2017, water rates are increasing 5% and sewer rates by 6%.

 The Saugeen Shores Water & Sewer Rate Structure is designed to ensure that the monthly fixed charge is sufficient to fund the debt, capital, reserve and major up-grades required on an annual basis.  This charge is referred to as a Capital Contribution.  Our rate structure ensures that all users of the water and sewer system are contributing to the cost of capital up-grades, major operating up-grades and debt servicing costs to the water and sewer infrastructure across the municipality.  Users pay for the operating cost of the treatment facilities and the distribution and collection system primarily through their consumption charge. Capital improvements can include up-grades to existing water or sewer lines, pumping stations, hydrant replacement or water and sewage treatment plant up-grades.  It's important to note that revenue collected through the water rates pays for water services and revenue collected through the sewer rates pays for sewer services. 

 Billing Guideline Information

  1.  The water and sewer consumption charge is applied to all residential and non-residential property owners based on the metered volume of water used.
  2.  Single Family Residential and Single Owner Condominium units are billed based on one equivalent household unit (EHU) value for the fixed water and sewer charge.
  3.  Multi-Family Residential properties are billed based on ½ EHU value times each unit within the multi-unit residential dwelling.  Examples of multi-family properties are apartments, duplexes, triplexes, etc.  
  4.  Campgrounds, motels, cottage courts, retirement lodges & nursing homes are billed based on the applicable EHU value times each unit:  campgrounds - 0.3; motel rooms - 0.2; cottage courts - 0.4; and retirement/nursing homes - 0.2. 
  5.  All other commercial properties are billed the fixed rate based on the size of the water meter that services the property.

The rate structure has been developed to take into consideration the diverse make-up of our community.  Approximately 30% of our residential properties are seasonal in nature and we want to make sure that all property owners, regardless of residency status, are contributing fairly to the fixed cost of delivering water and collecting waste.  The treatment plants, pumping stations, distribution and collection system are all available to all residents on a year-round basis.