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Posted on: December 7, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Upcoming changes in utility rates

2024 Utility Increase Sewer and Water Rate

The City of Salmon Arm would like to inform Salmon Arm residents about upcoming changes in utility rates. Beginning on January 1, 2024, there will be a 30% increase in water rates and a 10% increase in sanitary rates. For users who pay a residential flat rate, this means you can expect an additional cost of $92.40 for water and $34.70 for sanitary services.

Why are utility rates increasing? For several reasons...

  • The global costs of raw materials and equipment have risen.
  • Our aging water system demands more significant investments in infrastructure replacement.
  • Higher borrowing costs make it financially wise to save for future capital needs.
  • The City is transitioning to sustainable infrastructure replacement funding to promote fair and equitable funding across generations.

What do you get for your money with the increase in utility rates?ISW What You Get For

  • Treatment of Lake Water to High Quality Standards - This means that the water you rely on for drinking, cooking, and everyday use is rigorously purified, meeting stringent safety guidelines. By investing in this crucial process, we guarantee that your health and well-being remain our top priority.
  • Clean Safe Drinking Water Pumped & Delivered to Your Home & Business - We can continue to provide you with clean and safe drinking water, delivered right to your home and business. For less than $2.00 a day, you have access to water that meets the highest purity standards.
  • Water Availability for Fire Protection - Your safety is paramount & increasing utility taxes enables us to maintain reliable water availability for fire protection. In times of emergencies, having sufficient water pressure & supply is essential for our firefighters to protect lives & property.  Your investment ensures that we are well-prepared to respond effectively when it matters most.
  • Collection & Conveyance of Waste Water - Proper wastewater management is vital for public health and the environment. This investment allows us to continue the responsible handling of wastewater, preventing pollution and safeguarding the pristine beauty of our community.
  • Treatment of Waste Water to Enhanced Standards For Environmental Protection - This commitment to environmental protection ensures that the water released into our natural surroundings is exceptionally clean, preserving the integrity of our local ecosystems. By investing in this advanced treatment, we uphold our responsibility to maintain a sustainable and healthy environment for generations to come.

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