Water rates bylaw proceeds in Enderby

Council gave three readings to the metered water rates bylaw Monday.

Officials hope the ongoing conflict over water rates has eased in Enderby.

Council gave three readings to the metered water rates bylaw Monday.

“We’ve come to something that’s really fair for everyone,” said Coun. Greg McCune.

The bylaw will set the flat rate for a single-family home at $234, with a consumption charge of $1.30 per cubic metre.

The city had previously planned to rely just on metered rates but that created a furor among some residents who received mock bills that simulated how much water a customer uses.

Some residents complained that the mock bills were too high.

“It’s the best fit for everyone,” said Mayor Howie Cyr of the bylaw.

“The city receives revenue and it provides an incentive to conserve water.”

If, at the end of the year, the consumption charge ends up providing a surplus, the city will provide a rebate on the flat rate in the following year.

While public concerns about the mock bills consumed a lot of council and staff time recently, Cyr says the feedback from residents was worthwhile.

“There has been a good discussion by everyone,” he said.

McCune insists the city needs an action plan for one-off situations where residents face water consumption challenges.

“We need to help people with faulty meters or a leak they can’t find,” he said.