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Media Release - 2021 Water and Wastewater Budget

Media Release - 2021 Water and Wastewater Budget



For Immediate Release


RE:    2021 Water and Wastewater Budget      (click to view PDF version) 

At a meeting on February 23rd, 2021, Council for the Municipality of Callander adopted its 2021 Water and Wastewater Budget. Prior to adoption, Council considered budget submissions at the October 20th, 2020 Committee of the Whole and a Special Meeting on February 9th, 2021.

Council has passed the recommended increase of 2.1% in the water and wastewater rate, as per the accepted Water Financial Plan that was completed in May 2020. This is a much lower increase than the previous six years, which saw a 7% increase annually. The key factors impacting this budget include:

  • Increase in wastewater contingency under repair and maintenance from $20,000 to $40,000 due to increase in force main and sewer breaks
  • Increase in the transfer to infrastructure reserve, recognizing the Municipality’s Water and Wastewater Replacement Costs under the Capital Asset Management Plan are at roughly $23 million
  • Capital purchases and replacement of certain key features including replacement of a filter media, and other water assets and the rehabilitation of the Main Street N and Park Street lift station, totaling $77,500.
  • The current budget does not have any major capital collection or distribution projects proposed for this year.

Based on the average user, there should be a monthly rate increase of approximately $5, resulting in a total annual residential fee of $1,338. The minimum quarterly charge is increasing from $70.11 to $71.58 for water consumption up to 7.81 cubic metres.

In the future, the Municipality will be working towards developing de-sludging plans for the lagoons and coordinating roads and water/wastewater infrastructure rehabilitation projects in our Capital Asset Management Plan. We will also be considering doing pre-engineering on construction projects to be shovel-ready for funding opportunities that may arise and engineering studies to maximize the efficiency of the lagoons and make way for more capacity.