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PO Box 30, 1016-4th Avenue
Beaverlodge, Alberta  T0H 0C0
Phone: (780) 354-2201
Fax: (780) 354-2207
Email:

Utilities

Utility Rate By-Law (Sewer & Water Rate Changes)

The Town has consistently meet or exceeded all regulatory and safety requirements related to water and wastewater standards provincially and federally. At the same time the Town will continue to plan for infrastructure and maintenance initiatives to ensure our assets are in a good state of repair.

The Town has been preparing its water and sewer budget based on best practices for a number of years. The basic principle is that there should be no reliance on the tax rate to support the operational needs of the water and sewer operations. The water and sewer rates are set on a full cost recovery basis. These rates ensure not only the annual operating requirements are financed but also the long term capital renewal needs are planned for and incorporated into the rate setting process.

The monthly impacts on varying housing units is estimated as follows:  single/couple low usage $6.45 per month, typical household average usage $10.35 per month, household heavy usage $14.25 per month. These impacts will be effective on the May 1st bill. The last rate increase was implemented in November 2016.

The increase in revenue needed for the operation of the system is approximately $144,000. This change is comprised of the following pressures:

·         Reduction in water sales $19,400

·         Required water testing & technical assistance $38,200

·         Debt repayment – Water plant upgrades $27,300

·         Sewer bypass repayment $50,000

·         All other costs increases $10,000

 

A comparison of other municipality’s rates for both the average residential and commercial user are provided in Appendix I. The rates charged to our customers continue to be lower and compare favorable to other municipalities.

 

Average Residential Cost - Based on 15m3 per Month 5/8th Meter

Fixed  Charges

Consumption Charges m3

Franchise Fee

Monthly Cost

Annual Cost

Water

Sewer

Water

Sewer

Town of Beaverlodge

16.50

6.50

1.80

1.36

0.00%

$70.40

$844.80

Town of Sexsmith

11.33

13.18

1.54

1.77

10.00%

$79.09

$949.10

City of Grande Prairie

11.33

8.90

1.54

2.13

10.00%

$80.69

$968.23

County of Grande Prairie

11.33

8.90

1.54

2.13

10.00%

$80.69

$968.23

Town of High Prairie (2015)

13.00

30.00

2.96

0.00%

$87.40

$1,048.80

Town of Fairview

17.33

17.33

2.95

0.00%

$78.91

$946.92

Town of Peace River - Combined Charge

n/a

n/a

4.98

0.00%

$74.70

$896.40

City of Dawson Creek (2017)

18.50

25.00

1.68

1.00

0.00%

$83.70

$1,004.40

Average Commercial Cost - Based on 250m3 per Month 1 1/2 inch Meter

Town of Beaverlodge

72.40

36.90

1.80

1.36

0.00%

$899.30

$10,791.60

Town of Sexsmith

62.30

65.90

1.69

1.77

10.00%

$1,079.98

$12,959.70

City of Grande Prairie

62.30

44.50

1.69

2.13

10.00%

$1,156.48

$13,877.70

County of Grande Prairie

62.30

44.50

1.69

2.13

10.00%

$1,156.48

$13,877.70

Town of High Prairie (2015)

13.00

30.00

2.96

0.00%

$783.00

$9,396.00

Town of Fairview

30.00

45.00

2.95

0.00%

$812.50

$9,750.00

Town of Peace River - Combined Charge

n/a

n/a

4.98

0.00%

$1,245.00

$14,940.00

City of Dawson Creek (2017)

18.50

143.92

1.68

1.00

0.00%

$832.42

$9,989.04

 

 

The ‘Bill Processing Fee’ on Utility Bills that are mailed to customers will increase to $1.25 per month to cover the rising costs of postage and envelopes. Signing up for an EBill is a convenient & free way to receive your Utility Bill via email each month. Customers receiving their bill via email don’t pay the Processing Fee. Find the EBill form on our website or come in to the Town Office to fill one out.

 
For information on water usage and reducing consumption, please visit the Environment Canada website at http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/reseau/watertips_e.html.
 
4.75% Penalty
A penalty of 4.75% on the arrears amount will be evoked on all accounts in arrears on the first day of the new billing period. All accounts in arrears for two (2) consecutive months may be turned off, or transferred to the tax account. If water is turned off, there will be a re-connection fee.
 
Re-connection Fee
In order to have water service re-connected the full amount owing must be paid in full as well as the re-connection fee, which is $75.00 during working hours (Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
 
Payment Options
 
Pre-Authorized Utility Payments:
The Town of Beaverlodge offers its residents a Pre-authorized Payment Plan (PAP), which is a modern, easy way to pay your utilities.  Payments from your bank account or credit card are withdrawn on the 15th of each month for the previous month's utilities.
Utility Pre-Authorization Form (for direct withdrawal)
Complete the applicable pre-authorization form for automatic payment of your utility bill and return it to the Town Office in person, by mail, fax, or email utilities@beaverlodge.ca

In Person:
Payments can be made in person at the Town of Beaverlodge Office at:
1016-4th Avenue between 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Cash, Debit/Interac, Visa, MasterCard and Cheques are all excepted at the Town Office.
 
Mail:
Cheques and Money Orders can be sent to:
Town of Beaverlodge
Box 30
Beaverlodge, AB
T0H 0C0
 
Telephone & Internet Banking:
Offered through CIBC, BMO, ATB, RBC, Bank of Nova Scotia, TD Canada Trust, and Central 1 Credit Union.
 
Email Billing 
Sign up to receive your Utility Bill via email, this will eliminate the $1.25 Administration Fee which is charged each month for paper billing.  Complete and return the following EBill Form to the Town Office to receive your bill by email:  EBILL Form
 

Water Conservation By-Law #885
The Town of Beaverlodge has a water conservation by-law in place. This is very important as it helps us to conserve and protect our water supply, while still allowing residents to water their lawns and keep them looking beautiful.
 
Normal watering days for odd numbered houses are Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and for even numbered houses Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Watering may only be done during the following hours: 6 – 9 a.m. and 7 – 11 p.m. Flowerbeds and vegetable gardens may be watered by hand, at any time, using a watering can or a hose with a nozzle with a trigger shut off to restrict water flow. Children’s water toys may be used for recreational purposes as long as the children are present.
 
These are level 1 restrictions and fines can be levied if they are not adhered to.
For information on Bylaw 885 - Water Conservation Bylaw or other Bylaws, go to the Local Government Tab select Documents and Downloads and then Bylaws from the menu on the left or click HERE.
 
 
GARBAGE AND RECYCLING
For detailed infoormation see the Garbage and Recycling page of our website under the 'For Residents' tab
Garbage Pick-Up
For information visit www.prairiedisposal.com
Recycle Pick-Up
For information visit www.prairiedisposal.com
LaGlace Landfill