Utility Rates

New Flat Rate Utility Fee for Home Builders

On April 15, 2020 the Town of Strathmore approved a new flat rate utility fee for builders prior to their home being sold and occupied. This new flat rate fee better reflects the services new homes are using prior to occupancy and reduces the monthly costs for builders during these challenging times.

Bylaw No. 20-07 has amended Bylaw No. 19-21 Utility, Fees, Schedule “F” by adding a new fee for unoccupied new homes, owned by builders.

Currently, when a builder installs a meter, they are required to open a Utility Account. Once that account has been opened, they are subject to full maintenance charges of $76.33 monthly. The new fee is a flat rate of $40 – monthly.

When a builder comes in for the meter, they will be eligible for the flat rate until such time as there is any use of water. As soon as any water is used, they would be switched to full maintenance charges.

For builders who already have installed a meter, and are not using water, please contact the Utility Department (403-934-3133, ext 2) to have your account adjusted to the new flat rate. Please note, the new rate is not retroactive for existing accounts. This new flat rate option will take effect during the next billing cycle at the Town beginning April 30, 2020.

Understanding Your Utility Bill - Residential Perspective

The Town of Strathmore's Utility Bills are changing in 2020. Charges are being itemized to provide greater transparency. New reserve fund fees have been implemented to support the long-term sustainability of Strathmore's Utility Infrastructure. 

Garbage Levy & Reserve Fund - Most residential properties are charges a set fee of 23.16 per property for solid waste collection and heavy item garbage removal. In January 2020, an additional $1.00 fee was added that contributes to the Utilities Infrastructure Capital Reserve.

Sewer Levy - The Sewer Levy is charged based on the volume of water consumed. The Sewer Levy has been part of Strathmore's Utility Bill for many years, but was previously not itemized on Utility Bills. In January 2020, this fee was itemized to provide greater clarity for utility customers. The levy is calculated at $2.05 per cubic metre, based on the meter waster delivered.

Sewer & Storm Sewer & Reserve - Strathmore's properties are protected by a well-engineered storm sewer system. Our sanitary sewer system ensures the efficent, responsible treastment of wastewater. Most residents are charges a set fee of 35.88. In January 2020, additional fees of $1.00 for sanitary sewer and $3.00 for storm sewer were added to contribute to the Utility Infrastrcuture Reserve Fund. 

Water Levy - Residents are billed a  consumption charge of $2.63 per cubic metre of water (1000 litres) up to 30 cubes is billed at a rate of $2.68. This variable rate enccourages water conservation by utility customers.

Water Conveyance & Mait Levy - Three charges are combined in this line item: Water Conveyance Charge, Mantenance Charge, and 1.00 for the Utility Infrastructure Reserve. These are set fees determined by meter size and do not vary according to water consumption.

2020 UTILITY RATES

Meters Monthly Residential & Commercial Utility Rates
  January 1, 2019 January 1, 2020

Flat Water Maintenance Levy

5/8" x3/4" & 5/8"x1/2"
$7.95 $8.35

Water Conveyance Levy

$2.80 $2.94

Flat Sewer Maintenance Levy

& Storm Sewer Levy
$34.17 $35.88
Garbage Levy $23.16 $23.16
Total Monthly Maintenance Charge $68.08 $76.33
Variable Sewer Charge $1.95/m3 $2.05/m3
Sewer Infrastructure Reserve Fund Change

 

$1.00

Storm Sewer Infrastructure Reserve Fund Charge   $3.00
Garbage Infrastructure Reserve Fund Charge

 

$1.00

 Water Infrastructure Reserve Fund Charge   $1.00
Total Monthly Maintenance Charge

 $68.08

$76.33

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