Open house on water rates set

The contentious issue of North Westside water rates will be the focus of a meeting June 19.

The contentious issue of North Westside water rates will be the focus of a meeting June 19.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan will hold an information open house for the Killiney Beach, Westshore, Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun water systems.

“Staff will be on hand with information and to answer questions regarding the water rate restructuring and consumption-based billing,” said Bruce Smith, communications co-ordinator.

There is a consumption based residential rate (35 cents per cubic metre for all water used in excess of 235 cubic metres during a three-month billing period) for the utilities for Killiney Beach, Westshore and Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun.

There will also be a user fee and an asset renewal fee. For Westshore Estates, the user and asset fees will amount to $632 per property, while it will be $682 for Killiney Beach and $600 for Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun residents.

RDCO officials state the increases are necessary to build up reserves for future utility upgrades, but the ratepayers association questions that approach.

However, the North Westside Communities Association and the North Westside Ratepayers Association have been critical of the levies.

During the open house, information will also be available about water conservation, water meters and recent grants for capital projects and infrastructure improvements. The session runs at the Killiney Beach Community Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a presentation at 7 p.m.