ANNUAL WATERWORKS INFORMATION
ANNUAL INFORMATION TO BE MADE AVAILABLE AT THE MUNICIPAL OFFICE BY SEPTEMBER 1 OF EACH YEAR (beginning 2006)
Name of Municipality: Town of Mossbank
Date: Aug. 30, 2016
WATERWORKS RATE POLICY
On April 14, 2014, Council passed a bylaw to fix the rates to be charged for the use and consumption of water and to fix the rates to be charged by way of rent and service charge for the use of the sewer. Schedule A and B of this bylaw were amended on April 11, 2016 pending approval by the Local Government Committee of the Saskatchewan Municipal Board.
Under the water and sewer bylaw amendment, the water rate of $70.00 for the use of 0 to 9,000 gallons over a 3 month period shall be adjusted to $75.00 per quarter for the 2016 quarter four billing period, as the bylaw goes into effect at the start of the billing period following approval by the Saskatchewan Municipal Board, which was granted on July 7, after the start of the quarter three billing period.
The excess usage charge will remain as follows:
9,001 to 9,999,999 gallons $0.34 per 100 gallons or part thereof
The sewer rate of $40.00 per quarter shall be updated to $45.00 per quarter for quarter four of 2016. The infrastructure fee of $25 over a 3 month period shall be increased to $30 for quarter four of 2016.
There are no increases in rates planned for the near future thereafter, and this will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.
WATERWORKS CAPITAL INVESTMENT STRATEGY
A review of the municipal water lines shows that the oldest water line was installed in 1975 and all are plastic. The sewer lines are still the original clay pipe installed in 1961. The water pipeline from the wells south of Old Wives Lake was installed in 1961. Thickness testing of our water tank conducted in 2016 shows little change from the last test in 2006, but it is still expected that a liner will be installed at some point in the future. Dredging of the primary lagoon cell will also need to be conducted at some point in the future. Overall, the municipal water and sewer infrastructure is very recent and well maintained compared to other municipalities and this will allow the municipality to focus on other priorities at Council’s discretion. There are no major works expected in the near future at this time.
ANNUAL WATERWORKS FINANCIAL OVERVIEW
The following is information on the waterworks, as required under The Municipalities Regulations:
2015 Waterworks Overview:
Total waterworks revenues: $159,719 (includes $25,432 in capital grants)
Total waterworks expenditures: $131,756
Total debt payments on waterworks infrastructure loans:
Comparison of waterworks revenues to expenditures plus debt payments, expressed as a ratio:
159,719 ____ = 1.04
131,756 + 21,935
RESERVES – All utility reserves were spent on the construction of a secondary lagoon cell. Waterworks surpluses going forward shall be used to rebuild the utility reserve for future infrastructure projects.
The following additional information is available at the Municipal Office on the waterworks:
-The April 14th, 2014 Water and Sewer Bylaw.
-The April 11th, 2016 amendment to the Water and Sewer Bylaw (Schedule A & B).
-The 2015 Financial Statements including the Schedule of Segment Disclosure by Function showing the financial information for the utility services specifically.
-The 2016 WSA compliance inspection results.
-The 2015 Drinking Water Quality and Compliance Annual Notice to Consumers as well as associated water samples and SDCL reports.