Utility Rate Change

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ATTENTION: UTILITY RATE CHANGES

 

Effective January 1, 2021, Bruderheim moved to a consumption-based water rate system.

 

Rates will now be based on consumption, similar to other consumption-based utilities, such as gas and electricity.

 

  • Bills will be based on consumption: the less water you use, the lower your bill will be.
  • Meters will now be read monthly for more accurate bills.
  • These changes will create a more fair and equitable utility rate structure that promotes water conservation.

 

If you have questions, please call 780-796-3731 or email info@bruderheim.ca.

 

 

The Utility Consumer Advocate provides the following information to help you understand your bill:

 

Most water bills in Alberta have two main components: a fixed fee component and a variable amount based on how much water you consume - as measured by a water meter.

 

What am I paying for?

Three main charges can make up your water bill: water, wastewater and drainage.

Fixed fees include:

  • basic monthly water service charges for the cost and maintenance of your water meter, as well as for the costs of reading the meter monthly and issuing your bill;
  • basic monthly sewer service charges for the wastewater treatment services which is the cost to treat sanitary sewer water; as well as covering the cost of maintaining the sanitary sewer and the stormwater system; and for collecting the unmetered water (rainwater or melted snow) that flows off your property into the sewer system.

Variable fees include:

  • cost of water (or basic service charge) used based on your water consumption. It covers the cost of drawing water from the water source, treating, pumping and delivering the water to your house. The average urban household uses 15.1 cubic metres of water each month.
  • sewer charge based on the amount of water consumed by your household each month; and for the cost of collecting and treating the wastewater on the amount of water consumed by your household each month.

 

Why is my bill unusually high?

If your water bill is suddenly higher than it used to be, you need to find the source of the problem. There could be various reasons including increased water consumption, leaking pipes or appliances, or a billing adjustment by your water service provider.

 

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