OXFORD - Oxford town council voted unanimously to apply to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board)to raise its water rates for residential and commercial customers.
If approved the increase would become effective Oct. 1.
The increase comes on the advice of the consulting firm, G.A. Isenor following a recent study of Oxford’s Water Utility.
Oxford’s last water rate study was conducted in 2007 with a rate increase following two years later in 2009.
“Indications are that water consumption by residents and by Oxford Frozen Foods is dropping,” said CAO Darrell White. “The study showed with that and in looking towards the future, the utility would be in a deficit position.”
Isenor says the drop in residential consumption is likely due to people being more prudent in conserving water and through the purchase of water efficient appliances. Commercially, the reason is unclear.
White says the town is planning a half-million-dollar water project, dependent on funding through the Canada Build Fund. This would involve replacing water lines and upgrading distribution services on Lower Main Street, Upper Main Street and Black River Road plus repaving the areas afterwards.
Mayor Trish Stewart says raising water rates is not taken lightly. In Oxford’s case it has to be done for the betterment of residents and its major commercial water user, Oxford Frozen Foods.
“Comparing our water rates in Nova Scotia, we have been at the lower end of the scale and even with the increase we’ll still…
PUGWASH – The emergency department at the collaborative emergency centre in Pugwash will reopen at noon today.
The ER was supposed to be closed from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. because there was no physician available to provide medical coverage, however a physician has been secured to cover from noon until 8 p.m.
Anyone experiencing an emergency should call 911.