Maccan water project closer to reality

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Amherst still has among lowest water rates in province

Amherst's proposed water rate application has been approved by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. While water rates are climbing over the next three years, they remain among the lowest in the province.

AMHERST – A plan to supply town water to Maccan has taken another step toward reality.

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board announced Friday it is approving Amherst’s water rates for three years through 2015-16. The rates include adding Maccan to the town’s water utility for the final year.

“It’s good news that the application has been approved. There are no major increases and it enables to continue to offer what are among the lowest water rates in the province,” Amherst CAO Greg Herrett said Friday.

Under the proposal approved by the utility and review board, water rates will increase by 2.6 per cent in the first year, 4.7 per cent in the second year and 4.1 per cent in the third year. Based on average consumption (5/8-inch metre), quarterly bills will rise to $57.63 in 2013-14, to $60.32 in 2014-15 and $62.90 in 2015-16.

Other metered customers will see increases of between 2.6 and 3.5 per cent in 2013-14, between 5.1 and 7.8 per cent in 2014-15 and between 4.5 and 6.1 per cent in 2015-16.

Unmetered customers will increase by 2.9, 5.8 and 5.2 per cent over the three years.

Water bulk rates will be $1.89, $1.99 and $2.15 per cubic metre each year.

The town announced in January it would be supplying proposed water rates to the board in January with a one-day hearing held in Amherst on April 11. The application was based on a rate study by G.A. Isenor Consulting Ltd in consultation with W.H. Gates Utility Consultants Ltd.

Amherst’s water utility presently serves 3,436 customers. It expects to add 15 customers in the first two years and another 100 by the third year, when Maccan is added to the system.

A capital plan for extending the water system to Maccan still has to be approved by the utility and review board. It’s estimated extending the system will cost about $2.6 million to install. The county will pay for the project, while the water utility will operate the system once in place.

Bringing town water to Maccan will address a longtime concern in the community.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

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Organizations: Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, G.A. Isenor Consulting, W.H. Gates Utility Consultants

Geographic location: Maccan, Amherst

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  • peter
    May 27, 2013 - 09:10

    What is wrong with keeping the rates within the rate of inflation. Do they have to be raised just because they can be. I don,t know about how others feel about this over the top increase, but I am not amused. I am retired and my income is pretty much fixed, and I am sure there are others in the same boat, or are working for low wages and will suffer trying get by. Perhaps more of an explanation as to why it needs to be increased so much.

  • Mr. Chow
    May 27, 2013 - 04:06

    "The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board announced Friday it is approving Amherst’s water rates for three years through 2015-16." Isn't 2015 - 16 only one year? "Amherst’s water utility presently serves 3,436 customers. It expects to add 15 customers in the first two years and another 100 by the third year, when Maccan is added to the system." So there is only 3,436 people in Amherst?

  • know it all
    May 26, 2013 - 21:51

    We will be getting a 12-13% increase in water billing to us - Amherst to supply water to Maccan , Am I missing something here , why are we paying to have water come into my house and then have to pay have it taken away - is that not double billing - only in Amherst