Proposed Utility (Water) Rate Change 2023


Update: Council approved the rates below at their meeting on December 7, 2023

At their meeting on December 7, 2022, Council will consider a recommendation from staff on water, wastewater and stormwater rates for 2023.

The proposed changes would see:

  • no change to the water rate for 2023 (the rate has remain unchanged since 2021)
  • the rate for wastewater increase by 4% for both fixed and volumetric fees
  • the rate for stormwater increase by 3%

The reason for this increase is to generate additional revenues to ensure funding is in place for infrastructure renewal as set out in the Middlesex Centre Asset Management Plan. This funding is in addition to revenues from new growth (development).

Rate Impact

If approved, the average rate impact across water, wastewater and stormwater fees will be a little more than 2% for most users when weighted across the three services. The impact to each property will vary slightly depending on water consumption. The greatest percentage increase will be to those who only pay stormwater fees however this will also be the smallest cost increase.

The table below provides a summary of the impact of the rate increases at various usage levels (for three services, unless otherwise stated).

Annual Water Usage (m3) Cost in 2022 Cost in 2023 $ Increase (Annual) % Increase
96 $1,263.00 $1,291.44 $28.44 2.25%
180 $1,828.32 $1,868.76 $40.44 2.22%
360 $3,039.72 $3,107.16 $67.44 2.22%
Stormwater Only $188.16 $193.80 $5.64 3.00%

For More Information & To Provide Comment

For more information, please see the full report in the Council meeting agenda (this will be posted no later than the Friday prior to the meeting).

If you wish to provide comments on this matter, you may write or email to the Municipal Clerk prior to the meeting. If you wish to speak to this matter at the Council meeting, please contact the Clerk for details. Comments and requests should be made prior to 4:30pm on Monday, December 5, 2022.