Town water rates on the rise

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Turning on the taps in 2010 is going to cost Truro Water Utility users more money.
The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board approved the utility's request in a decision dated Dec. 23. It says the last rate change was approved in April 2006 and the new rates (both base and consumption) go into effect Jan. 1; July 1; April 1, 2011 and April 1, 2012.
The increases are needed to meet Department of Environment provisions as outlined by a consultant's report. The utility is dealing with an increase cost for labour and chemical additives and is planning more capital work for meters, sprinklers, mains, equipment, structures and other improvements.
Coun. Brian Kinsman said in September the increases were necessary to complete important projects without running a deficit. That included more than $1 million in remediation work to the Lepper Brook dam.
The utility is also planning to spend $15,000 annually through 2012-13 for watershed maintenance for line clearing and a signage program of the watershed boundary.
The utility serves about 4,400 customers in Truro, Bible Hill, Municipality of Colchester County and Millbrook with more than 3,800 having 5/8" meters.
The board held a public hearing in Truro on Nov. 6 but no one from the public spoke or sent a letter to the board.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, Department of Environment

Geographic location: TRURO, Colchester County, Millbrook

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  • hec lerr
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    One week this summer I filled my pool up , soaked my lawn everyday, washed the cars, my house, the kids, the dogs, let the hose run in the street a while, let the hose run over night .... you get the point.....I just plain let her run to see if I could get my water bill to go up. It didn't. No normal resident would ever use that much in a month. Water is still a pretty good deal in Truro. Truro should start bottling and selling their water world wide like sobeys.... that will raise money for the civic center!!!

  • Smc
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Oh wonderful. Now it will cost me more to have brown water brought into my home. Many of us in the area next to the marsh have to put up with dirty water. in which to wash our laundry, brown toilets, and fluctuating water pressure. For this we will have to pay more in the coming years. Guess we live in the wrong part of town because no amount of complaining seems to do any good.

  • Mr
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Maybe we can use some of that 50,000,000 dollars for the new center. We can save the taxpayers some money???..... I'm just saying