Mid­dle­ton wa­ter rates go­ing up; new reser­voir planned

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS -

The cost of town wa­ter is go­ing up over the next three years in Mid­dle­ton, with some users pay­ing as much as 20 per cent more by the end of that pe­riod.

The Nova Sco­tia Util­ity and Re­view Board re­leased its de­ci­sion Sept. 25 that al­lows the Mid­dle­ton wa­ter util­ity to charge more for both wa­ter use and fire pro­tec­tion. And the town is look­ing to fi­nance a new reser­voir to re­place the cur­rent in­fra­struc­ture.

Var­i­ous rates in Mid­dle­ton had been in ef­fect since July 1, 2015 and April 1, 2017. Through the town, the util­ity ap­plied for amend­ments and a hear­ing was held July 24.

A rate study to sup­port the ap­pli­ca­tion was pre­pared by G.A. Isenor Con­sult­ing Lim­ited, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Blaine S. Rooney Con­sult­ing Lim­ited.

The pro­posed rate in­creases for un­metered cus­tomers, based upon an av­er­age quar­terly con­sump­tion of 66.6 cu­bic me­tres in 2018/19, 65.2 cu­bic me­tres in 2019/ 20 and 63.8 cu­bic me­tres in 2020/ 21, are 10.8 per cent, 4.4 per cent and 3.7 per cent, re­spec­tively.

For 5/ 8” me­tre res­i­den­tial cus­tomers, based on av­er­age quar­terly con­sump­tion, the pro­posed rate in­creases are 9.9 per cent, 4.7 per cent, and 4.1 per cent, re­spec­tively. For all other me­tered cus­tomers, based upon the av­er­age quar­terly con­sump­tion of each me­tre size, the pro­posed rate in­creases are 8.3 per cent to 13.4 per cent in 2018/19, 5.5 per cent to 5.7 per cent in 2019/ 20, and 4.7 per cent to 5 per cent in 2020/21.

The new bulk wa­ter rates per cu­bic me­tre are $4.81, $5.52 and $ 5.86, re­spec­tively for each of the next three years.

The to­tal an­nual pub­lic fire pro­tec­tion charge of $146,581 is pro­posed to in­crease an­nu­ally for the next three years, start­ing with a 0.2 per cent in 2018/19.

The charge is shared be­tween the town and An­napo­lis County based upon the num­ber of hy­drants serv­ing each mu­nic­i­pal unit.

At the July 24 hear­ing there were no for­mal in­ter­venors in the pro­ceed­ing, no re­quests to speak, and no let­ters of com­ment re­ceived by the board.

The board ap­proved the sched­ule of rates for wa­ter and wa­ter ser­vices with the ef­fec­tive dates of Oct. 1, 2018, April 1, 2019, and April 1, 2020. The ap­proved pub­lic fire pro­tec­tion charge for 2018/ 19 is based on pro­rat­ing six months at the ex­ist­ing rate and six months at the new rate.

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