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Notice of Public Hearing - Proposed Bylaw 15.21 with Survey for Resident Feedback

Posted on Jun. 29 2021
Council asked Administration to review and propose a solution for high volume industrial and commercial water customers that do not send much of their water down their sanitary service. Currently, every property that has a water service and sanitary service has the sanitary service billed on the basis on the water usage.
This means that every property that has a water service and sanitary service is billed for sanitary at a flat base fee, and a flow rate assumed to be 80% of the incoming water, which was designed in part to account for summer water usage on lawns and gardens. This can create a situation where businesses that have high water use, which does not generate high sanitary flows, are billed as if they have the assumed high sanitary sewer flow.
At Monday’s Regular Council Meeting, Town Administration made a request for direction regarding this potential amendment to the Town’s Water and Wastewater Bylaw (02.17) that would allow “high-volume” customers to install a dedicated process water service line without a sanitary service associated with it.
  • There are approximately six “high-volume” customers in Drumheller
  • The difference of an average residential bill compared to the average “high-volume” customer is approximately 130 times (for example, a residential wastewater of $100.00/month would equate to $13,000.00 for “high-volume”; or $1,200.00 compared to $156,000.00 annually)
  • This translates into an average cost increase of approximately $1.60 per customer per month, depending on household consumption.
You can review the 20-minute presentation/discussion from Monday on our YouTube Channel, this link takes you to the beginning of the discussion.
An online survey is now available until July 8, 12:00pm. The responses will be presented to Council to be included in the decision-making process. 
 

Notice of Public Hearing - Proposed Bylaw 15.21

PURPOSE: To consider a bylaw to make amendments to the Water and Wastewater Bylaw 15.21.

There are two changes that have been brought forward for consideration.

  1. Allow for multiple water services and water meters for a single lot at the discretion of the Chief Administrative Officer. This change brings flexibility into the bylaw to allow for alternative servicing options for multi-unit residential and commercial units that are intended for rental.
  1. To review and propose a solution for high volume industrial and commercial water customers that do not send much of their water down their sanitary service. An example would include water haulers that use the transported water for oilfield services or a business that uses water to make a product that is sold or consumed.

Any person adversely or otherwise affected by this action and wishing to address Council relating to this matter shall contact cao@drumheller.ca or 403-823-1339 to make arrangements to attend the Council meeting on July 12, 2021.

The Town of Drumheller will hold remote virtual Public Hearings during the Regular Council Meeting on Monday July 12, 2021 beginning at 5:30pm

The Public Hearing will be live-streamed at www.drumheller.ca.

Persons wishing to submit a letter, petition or other communication concerning these matters in advance of the Public Hearing may do so by mail or dropping off submissions to: Legislative Services Town of Drumheller 224 Centre Street, Drumheller, Alberta

T0J 0Y4 or email at cao@drumheller.ca.

Written submissions will be received up to Thursday July 8, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. 

A copy of the proposed bylaw is available online at https://drumheller.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/40749

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