Council approves rate supported water and wastewater budget

North Bay, ON – January 23, 2017 – City Council has confirmed its commitment to ensuring that North Bay residents will continue to receive quality drinking water and wastewater services.

On Monday night, Council approved the 2017 Water and Wastewater Budget which includes a 2.42 per cent overall increase from 2016 to a total budget of $21.2 million.  The $12.1 million water operating budget allows the City to continue delivering a clean, safe water supply.  The $9.1 million wastewater operating budget supports continued operation, maintenance and optimization of North Bay’s wastewater systems.

“Our water and wastewater systems are vital to maintaining a healthy community,” said Deputy Mayor Sheldon Forgette.  “This budget will ensure that the City can further improve the sustainability of our water infrastructure so we can continue to deliver high quality drinking water to taps across our community.”

Reflected in this year’s budget is the change to a 50 percent fixed/50 percent variable rate.  Within this new rate structure, the per-cubic-meter price will go up $0.24 to $1.27 while the monthly fixed rate will see a slight decrease, but vary depending on meter size: ranging from $24.83 for a 5/8 x 3/4-inch meter up to $1,286.21 for a six-inch meter.

For 2017 the wastewater surcharge will increase to 76.96 per cent, while the filtration plant charge will decrease but also vary depending on meter size: ranging from $2.79 for a 5/8 x 3/4-inch meter up to $144.54 for a six-inch meter.

Changes to water rates will apply to water consumed effective January 1, 2017.

The City of North Bay is a city of 54,000 people situated between the shores of Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake. For information on City services and programs, North Bay residents, businesses and visitors can visit www.cityofnorthbay.ca