As new rates take effect April 1, township water system users will move from flat to metered rates
New water and wastewater rates for the next four years (2017-2020) have been approved by Oxford County Council. The new rates, which take effect on April 1, vary depending on where you live and the water or wastewater system needs of your community. Residents can visit the County’s website to learn more about their specific water and wastewater rates.
The biggest change to take effect on April 1 will be for the Township water and wastewater system users, who are moving to a metered system, and away from a flat fee. The new metered system will allow residents and businesses to manage their water use, and see a reduction in their water/wastewater bill for conserving water.
Work on installing new water meters and reading equipment has been ongoing across the County over the past year. Oxford County and installation contractor Corix are finishing the installations this spring. Residents who have been unable to have a meter installed to date should contact Customer Service as soon as possible to avoid increased charges when the metered rates take effect.
Public consultation on the water and wastewater rates took place in the fall of 2016 through public meetings and the Speak Up, Oxford! online portal. Staff also reached out to stakeholder groups including the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors and local Chambers of Commerce.
The water and wastewater rates vary by community. Oxford County provides municipal water services to 21 communities, 11 of those also have municipal wastewater services. All of the wastewater systems and three urban water systems are maintained as independent financial systems, while the township water systems are grouped into one financial system to achieve economy of scale.
For the full breakdown of proposed water and wastewater rates by system, visit the Rates & By-laws page on the County’s website.