Water Rates

Did You Know... The method of billing for water use in town has changed. The base rate now starts at $24.30 for up to 18 cubic meters (previously $28.00). The new process promotes water conservation.


New water billing process promotes conservation


The method of billing for water use in the Town of Athabasca has recently changed. The base rate per billing now starts at $24.30 for up to 18 cubic meters and rises incrementally according to use. The new rate is down from the previous base rate of $28.00 for up to 18 cubic meters.

The new process is intended to promote greater water conservation, as residential and commercial users can avoid higher charges by controlling how much water they use on a monthly basis.

“The basic philosophy is the more you use, the more expensive it becomes,” explains Chief Administrative Officer Doug Topinka. “The new billing process is revenue-neutral. The idea is to promote conservation.”

The change in water billing was introduced with the February 3 utility bill.

Both residential and commercial users will now pay the base rate of $24.30 for up to 18 cubic meters of water per billing.

Residential users will pay an additional $1.45 per cubic meter for amounts used between 19-45 cubic meters, and an additional $1.55 per cubic meter for amounts exceeding 45 cubic meters.

Commercial users will pay an additional $1.45 per cubic meter for all amounts exceeding 19 cubic meters.

The rate for bulk water purchases is set at $4.40 per cubic meter ($2.00 per 100 gallons).

Prior to the change, residential and commercial users paid the same rate of $28.00 for up to 18 cubic meters, and $1.20 per cubic meter for any amount above 18 cubic meters.

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