Water rate increase to boost infrastructure

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Hamilton is one step closer to achieving its goal of ensuring a sustainable level of funding for water and wastewater infrastructure, according to a recent statement from city staff. And residents will be footing the bill.

Council has approved a 7.5 per cent increase in water and wastewater rates, effective January 1, 2006. Based on average annual water consumption, this means an increase of approximately ten cents per day, or $38.60 per year for each household.

"We encourage all residents to adopt water conservation methods," said Jim Harnum, Director of Water and Wastewater. "Studies have shown that residents who retrofit their homes with one kitchen aerator, one bathroom aerator and a low-flow showerhead can on average reduce their water consumption by 28 percent with an annual cost savings of $75.24."

The water and wastewater budget for 2005 totals $144.7 million, with $75.7 million designated for contribution to capital and debt financing and $69 million designated for program expenditures.

The department's objectives for 2006 include completing the new Environmental Laboratory and Operations Centre and the new cogeneration facility at the Woodward Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Copies of the Wise Water Use Booklet are available at the Flamborough Municipal Service Centre, 163 Dundas St. E. Conservation information is also available online at www.hamilton. ca/water.

Water rate increase to boost infrastructure

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Hamilton is one step closer to achieving its goal of ensuring a sustainable level of funding for water and wastewater infrastructure, according to a recent statement from city staff. And residents will be footing the bill.

Council has approved a 7.5 per cent increase in water and wastewater rates, effective January 1, 2006. Based on average annual water consumption, this means an increase of approximately ten cents per day, or $38.60 per year for each household.

"We encourage all residents to adopt water conservation methods," said Jim Harnum, Director of Water and Wastewater. "Studies have shown that residents who retrofit their homes with one kitchen aerator, one bathroom aerator and a low-flow showerhead can on average reduce their water consumption by 28 percent with an annual cost savings of $75.24."

The water and wastewater budget for 2005 totals $144.7 million, with $75.7 million designated for contribution to capital and debt financing and $69 million designated for program expenditures.

The department's objectives for 2006 include completing the new Environmental Laboratory and Operations Centre and the new cogeneration facility at the Woodward Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Copies of the Wise Water Use Booklet are available at the Flamborough Municipal Service Centre, 163 Dundas St. E. Conservation information is also available online at www.hamilton. ca/water.

Water rate increase to boost infrastructure

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Hamilton is one step closer to achieving its goal of ensuring a sustainable level of funding for water and wastewater infrastructure, according to a recent statement from city staff. And residents will be footing the bill.

Council has approved a 7.5 per cent increase in water and wastewater rates, effective January 1, 2006. Based on average annual water consumption, this means an increase of approximately ten cents per day, or $38.60 per year for each household.

"We encourage all residents to adopt water conservation methods," said Jim Harnum, Director of Water and Wastewater. "Studies have shown that residents who retrofit their homes with one kitchen aerator, one bathroom aerator and a low-flow showerhead can on average reduce their water consumption by 28 percent with an annual cost savings of $75.24."

The water and wastewater budget for 2005 totals $144.7 million, with $75.7 million designated for contribution to capital and debt financing and $69 million designated for program expenditures.

The department's objectives for 2006 include completing the new Environmental Laboratory and Operations Centre and the new cogeneration facility at the Woodward Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Copies of the Wise Water Use Booklet are available at the Flamborough Municipal Service Centre, 163 Dundas St. E. Conservation information is also available online at www.hamilton. ca/water.