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Regional District of Central Okanagan

Water Systems

User and Maintenance Fee Rates Table 1994 - present

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LAST UPDATE January 25, 2015

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The Regional District of Central Okanagan administers the following water systems

8 residences at Trepanier Bench

54 residences at Falcon Ridge

113 residences at Sunset Ranch

146 residences at Pritchard Drive

177 residences at Westshore Estates

259 residences at Killiney Beach

855 residences at West Kelowna Estates

892 residences on meters at Sunnyside
The figures above are from 1996

and as of Jan. 2012 Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road was turned on.

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July 1, 2013 consumption exceeding 90 cubic meters in a billing period (quarterly) is charged at .35 cents per cubic meter.
86 per cent of customers should not be affected by the change.

April 1, 2012 consumption exceeding 235 cubic meters in a billing period (quarterly) is charged at .35 cents per cubic meter.

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RDCO Summer 2014 Water Talk

RDCO Summer 2014 Water Talk - Water Rate Review

RDCO Summer 2014 Water Talk - Win $5,000 in WaterWise Yard Upgrades

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2014 Summer
2013 Fall
2013 Spring
2012 Fall
2012 Summer
2012 Spring
2011 Fall
2011 Spring
2007 Fall

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RDCO Water System Fees and Regulations Bylaws

RDCO Consolidated Water System Bylaw 1268
(downloaded from RDCO's website Oct 16, 2014)

Bylaw No. 1328 amends all water consumed above 90 m during the three month billing period will be charged $0.35 per m. This is updated from a 235 m threshold and is anticipated to affect less than 15% of water system customers.
Bylaw #1309 July 2012
Bylaw #1307 Mar 2012
Bylaw #1301 Nov 2011
Bylaw #1268 2009

RDCO's website - Bylaws (alphabetical order)

RDCO's website - Bylaws (by number)

RDCO's website - Consolidated Bylaws

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Spring 2012 Water Talk

Based on the date we’ve collected over the past year, our consumption-based rate of 235 cubic meters has been set based on the average home using 20 cubic meters of water a month inside (60 cu/m during a billing period) and 175 cubic meters for outdoor irrigation during the 3 month period from mid-June to mid-September,
when our Stage 2 twice weekly outdoor irrigation restriction is in place.

We’ve found 80 per cent of our customers are under the 235 cubic meter level during the main outdoor watering season and should not be impacted.

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The table below is made up of the user and maintenance fees assembled from the water system bylaws located on the Regional District of Central Okanagan website Okanagan Lake BC version of the water system bylaws.

  Falcon Ridge Trepanier
Dietrich
Killiney
Beach
Sunset
Ranch
Westshore
Estates
Pritchard
Drive
West
Kelowna
Sunnyside/
Green Bay
User Maint. User Maint User Maint User Maint User Maint User Maint User Maint User Maint
1994 284 0 - - 144 0 - - 0 0 - - 204 0 - -
1996 284 0 240 550 144 0 - - 0 0 - - 204 0 - -
1997 284 0 240 550 144 0 - - 156 110 all 144 0 204 0 - -
1999 300 0 250 550 170 0 - - 200 110 all 170 0 250 60 for
unimprov
parcel
- -
2002 300 0 800 0 170 0 216 >.25Ha
1,800mx
200 110 all 170 0 250 60 for
unimprov
parcel
- -
2003 300 0 800 0 200 0 216 >.25Ha
1,800mx
200 130 all 170 0 250 60 for
unimprov
parcel
- -
2004 360 0 800 0 200 120 0 >.25Ha
2,400mx

<.25Ha
216

200 130 all 170 0 250 60 for
unimprov
parcel
- RDCO
took over Sunny-
side in 2005
2005 360 0 800 0 200 120 0 >.25Ha
2,400mx

<.25Ha
216

200 130 all 170 0 250 60 for
unimprov
parcel
280 168 for
unimprov
parcel
2005 31.65
379.80
0 ? 800 0 200 120 0 >.25Ha
2,400mx

<.25Ha
216

200 130 all 170 0 250 60 for
unimprov
parcel
260
+ .10 cubic metre
168 for
unimprov
parcel
2006 33.35
400.20
0 until
parcel tax expires
1000 0 205 120 225 1800 205 130 all 200 0 270 61.48 for
unimprov
parcel
260 +
meter
cnsmp
168 for
unimprov
parcel
2007 410.20+
2.5%
each yr
0 until
parcel tax expires
1025 0 210.12 120 230.64 1800 210.12 130 all 205 0 276.76 63.04 for
unimprov
parcel
  Still working on Green Bay
2008 420.48 0 until
parcel tax expires
1050.64 0 215.36 120 236.40 1800 215.36 130 all 210.12 80 283.68 64.60 for
unimprov
parcel
  Green Bay
goes here
2009 430.96 0 until
parcel tax expires
1076.88 0 220.76 120 242.32 1800 220.76 130 all 215.36 82 290.76 66.24 for
unimprov
parcel
   
2010 441.76 0 until
parcel tax expires
1103.80 0 226.28 120 248.36 1800 226.28 133 all 220.76 84 298.04 67.88 for
unimprov
parcel
   
2012  

300
all

                           
  Falcon Ridge Trepanier
Dietrich
Killiney
Beach
Sunset
Ranch
Westshore
Estates
Pritchard
Drive
West
Kelowna
Upper Fintry
Valley of the Sun
Shalal Rd
  User Asset
Renewal
User Asset
Renewal
User Asset
Renewal
User Asset
Renewal
User Asset
Renewal
User Asset
Renewal
User Asset
Renewal
User Asset
Renewal
2012 470 334 1,300 232 400 282 314 142 1,600 232         400 200
2013 479 409 1,326 532 408 482 320.28 219 408 432         408 200
2014 489 459 1,352.52 682 416.16 582 326.70 219 416.16 582         416.16 200

 

We did not include Estamont or Fintry Delta in the table above as they are private utilities and we do not have the figures.  But we do know this.

* 43 water users at Estamont Beach pay $220 per year for water from Wayne Watson private water utility drawing from Okanagan Lake.  Wayne Watson water system at Estamont Beach is cost has risen to $650 per year or $54.00 per month as of 2009.

* We heard that Fintry Delta pay approx. $500-$700 to the Fintry private water utility whom also draws from Okanagan Lake.

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RDCO Water Consumption Rates were amended June 24, 2013

2013 RDCO Water Rate Amendment
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RDCO Water Systems - total number of parcels in water system boundary and total number of parcels connected to the water system.
click letter to read it in whole on RDCO's website

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Subdivision Servicing Bylaw No. 464, 1991 - Repealed by Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw No. 704, 1996 - Repeals Bylaw No. 464, Amended by Bylaw Nos. 810, 898, 930, 940, 1046, 1168, 1181

Lane means narrow highway in regards to utility corridors
Lane means a narrow highway in regards to this RDCO utility corridor.

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report

*Note* This is only a snippet, please click link above for entire content

301 - Killiney Beach Water System
In 2014, the annual residential user fee rate increased from $408.00 to $416.16 and asset renewal fees increased from $482 to $582. Two 50 Hp variable frequency drives purchased for $12,894 are to be installed at the Lake Pump house. Online monitoring equipment has been replaced.

303 - Falcon Ridge System
Request for Proposal closed July 29,2014, for the Water System Design Upgrade. In 2014, the annual residential user fee rate increased from $479.00 to $489.00 and asset renewal fees increased from $409 to $459. Water Quality Advisory issued on April 23 was lifted July 4 due to the decrease of turbidity in the source water.

305 - Sunset Ranch Water System
In 2014, the annual residential user fee rate increased from $320.28 to $326.70. Asset renewal fees and water investment fees remained unchanged at $219 and $1,800 respectively. One 100 Hp variable frequency drive purchased for $9,250 is to be installed on Well Pump No. 1 for flow control.

306 - Trepanier Bench Water System
In 2014, the annual residential user fee rate increased from $1,326.00 to $1,352.52 and asset renewal fees increased from $532.00 to $682.00. Water Quality Advisory issued on April 17 was upgraded to a Boil Water Notice on May 5 then removed May 27 due to the decrease of turbidity in the source water.

307 - Westshore Water System
Final engineering work was completed and a Request for Proposals (RFP) closed May 13, 2014, for the Westshore Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) Upgrade project. Notification of Water Service Interruption was issued July 29th for planned service outages during the replacement of two PRV chambers at the Evergreen and Lakewood Stations from August 1 through August 13, 2014. In 2014, the annual residential user fee rate increased from $408.00 to $416.16 and asset renewal fees increased from $432 to $532. Water Quality Advisory issued on April 10 due to suspected vandalism at the upper reservoir was lifted April 15 as additional testing indicated no adverse effects on the water quality. Fencing around the upper reservoir was installed for security reasons at a cost of $9,500.

310 - Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun Water System
In 2014, the annual residential user fee rate increased from $408.00 to $416.16 and asset renewal fees remained unchanged at $200 for the year.

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Board

001S - Board Sub-Program Corporate Communications

Early 2014 was an extraordinary season where air quality and venting permitted open burning. The RD issued 48 news releases to advise of open burning of fire hazard debris collected in fuel modification projects this winter in four regional parks. This high level of public awareness for fuel reduction projects resulted in few calls to fire dispatch and no calls from residents complaining of detrimental effects from burning. Media attention in the second quarter focused on news releases encouraging flood preparations for waterfront property owners, closures of underpasses along the Mission Creek Greenway and two water quality advisories affecting two RDCO water systems due to higher than acceptable turbidity as a result of the spring runoff. Media attention was also received for the Open Houses and an online survey related to development of a Management Plan for Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park and a proposed Floating Dock for Shannon Lake Regional Park.

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Board
001S - Board Sub-Program Corporate Communications

Information newsletters were produced for the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre. The Water Talk newsletter will be created for distribution with the third quarter utility bills.

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.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio September 11, 2014 audio of entire RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting - .mp3 (11.1 MB)

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

Minutes of RDCO's Governance and Services Committee are not published to RDCO's website until after being adopted at the following meeting which would be October 9, 2014.  If the minutes are not published here yet, you can check RDCO's website to see if they are published there yet.  If you wish to have a copy of the minutes before this date, you can request a copy from RDCO who will have the document ready at their office to pick up within 7 days.

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.pdf icon June 24, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Water Consumption Fee Threshold Reduced

The Regional Board has adopted an amendment to the Water Systems Fees and Regulations bylaw. The change means that starting July 1st, the consumption fee threshold will drop to 90-cubic meters. Customers of the six RDCO water systems that use more than 90-cubic meters of water in a billing quarter will pay an additional 35-cents per cubic meter. Previously the threshold was 235-cubic meters. Based on existing water use data, 86 per cent of customers should not be affected by the change. The Board heard from four North Westside area residents and received a petition from 200 people that opposed the change.

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.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio June 24, 2013 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (44.1 MB)

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.pdf icon June 24, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Delegation Re: Water Rates

.pdf icon Item 9 5 Water Systems Fees And Regulations Amendment Bylaw

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5.1 Opposition to the proposed RDCO Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw (5 minutes per presenter)

Ian Kilpatrick/Harry Pospolita - Presentation of petition with 170 signatures

Diane Baldwin, President, North Westside Ratepayers Association

Marsali Maciver, President, North Westside Communities Association

 

2013 RDCO Water Rate Amendment
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.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio June 24, 2013 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (44.1 MB)

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.pdf icon June 24, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

5. DELEGATION

5.1 Opposition to the proposed RDCO Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw

Ian Kilpatrick/Harry Pospolita, on behalf of a petition submitted in opposition to changes to the water system fees, addressed the Board.
Residents can ill afford the rate proposed. They now have 201 signatures on the petition. They believe the statistics are flawed as only an 18 month billing period is used. Comparison does not take into consideration high
interface fire zone.

Diane Baldwin, President, North Westside Ratepayers Association spoke in opposition to the increase. No mention is given that the area is a semiaired area. Fear won't be able to afford to water gardens. Concerned
consumption tax will continue to increase. Why increase the rates now when statistics are only over a short period of time. Asked the Board to reconsider the water consumption threshold.

Marsali Maciver, President, North Westside Communities Association spoke in opposition to the increase. Does it have to be such as drastic reduction in the threshold? Believes the people who are trying to conserve will bear the brunt of the increase.

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With Board consensus 9.5 was moved up on the agenda

Environmental Services:

9.5 Regional District of Central Okanagan Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1328 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (Stakeholder Weighted Vote [Central Okanagan West (3 votes) and Central Okanagan East Electoral Areas (1 vote)])

Staff report dated June 14, 2013 outlined the bylaw amendment which is a reduction in the RDCO water consumption fee threshold to >90m3 /billing period from >235 m3/billing period effective July 1, 2013.
Establishing a new Consumption Fee threshold of 90 m3 for all RDCO water utilities is supported by several factors:
• Many RDCO customers have been demanding that the Consumption Fee threshold be significantly reduced to encourage water conservation and ensure that heavy water users are paying for the extra costs associated with heavy water use.
• A 90 m3 quarterly threshold is in line with the second tier Consumption Fee threshold within our member municipalities, with the exception of the District of Peachland.
• The 90 m3 quarterly threshold (360 m3 annualized) is close to Environment Canada's average household water consumption estimate for British Columbia of 325 m3/year
• Based on a scatter plot of the 4,978 quarterly water consumption values for RDCO water utilities over the last 1.5 years, 90 m3 per quarter threshold represents a clear transition between heavy water users and average to below average water users.

Peter Rotheisler addressed the bylaw amendment:

In March 2012, new water rate structure was approved. Since that time, there has been feedback from customers to reassess the consumption fee, Current fee reviewed - only exceeded on 3% of utility bills in 1.5 years.
Supporting factors - user pay structure, conservation is critical, the cost of water will increase, 90m3 threshold is in line with conservation by other member municipalities.
Financial implications - it is difficult to estimate due to short record and behaviour change but it is estimated there will be between $3-$5,000 in additional revenue in 2013.
Staff will continue to review the water rate.
Misconception that the proposed change will result in a significant fee increase.
Discussion:
- There are consumers who have requested this change and there is a responsibility to move toward conservation of water.
- The actual implications are very minor. If a water waster will need to pay.
- This same discussion happens at every municipality across the valley and residents oppose rate increases.
- Is the base rate set high enough to cover what it really costs to operate the systems? That was the basis for running a financially sustainable system.
- Would it be feasible to change the billing system so not to hit the threshold in the summer? It is important to ensure users are paying for the water they use and not hiding the water used. Billing frequency is set quarterly and provides
the opportunity for information to be provided on the water system. It also provides an opportunity to determine any possible leakage detection.
- 80-85% of fees are fixed fees whether threshold is changed or not.
- Cannot customize water rates based on individual needs.
- How many users are there in the electoral areas? There are six separate systems, 869 users throughout the electoral areas (approximately 580 users in the two North Westside electoral area).
- Staff noted the protest petition represents incorrect information and therefore they do not believe it is a valid petition.
-The idea that water is free is a long past - it is a scare commodity in the region. It costs to provide and administer a water service and it will only increase over time. IHA requirements continue to be a concern and will cost all water users in the future.
- What is the actual impact on a user? The worst impact would be just over $200 per year. Those exceeding 235 m3 costs will be about $50 per quarter.
The average consumer uses approximately 54.7 m3 per % billing. Base rate is base rate regardless.

EDGSON/HANSON
THAT the Regional Board endorse a reduction in the RDCO Water Consumption Fee threshold to >90m3/billing period from >235 m3/billing period effective July 1, 2013;
AND THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Water Systems Fees and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1328, 2013, be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 24th day of June 2013.

CARRIED

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Petition fails to drop North Westside water rates
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - October 28, 2012

North Westside residents are being told it’s too late to change water rates.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan board has received a 300-name petition opposing water rates, which were adopted in March.

“We are already spending the money,” said director Jim Edgson, who questions why the petition is just coming forward now.

RDCO has implemented both a consumption rate, a user fee and an asset renewal fee for the Killiney Beach, Westshore and Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun utilities.

That has led to a 190 per cent increase to fees.

“Where was the impetus to keep these taxes at a reasonable rate?” said Diane Baldwin, with the North Westside Ratepayer Association, in a letter to Bill Bennett, B.C.’s community development minister.

“Ratepayers remain outraged and consider this an unnecessary tax grab.”

The association is asking Bennett to look into the method for resolving bylaw disputes, to encourage RDCO to meet with residents and negotiate water rates and to review RDCO’s tax policies and administrative fees.

“Review why parcel taxes, called asset renewal fees, were introduced on every lot, with or without residents, absent a parcel tax bylaw,” said Baldwin in her letter.

Baldwin questions the regional district’s communication process with residents.

“Clearly the regional director and RDCO staff knew, or ought to have known, well in advance these increases would be a huge burden on affected taxpayers,” she said.

Edgson insists the process was completely open and public information meetings were held.

“Nobody is happy about the rates but we have to keep in mind that people had been complaining that the water system needs upgrading. I warned people it was going to cost quite a bit,” he said.

“The systems are old and getting to the point where they need to be maintained and upgraded. There wasn’t a plan in place.”

While the water rates bylaw won’t be reversed, Edgson says RDCO may look at how user fees are implemented.

“We will have to continue to look at what we’re doing,” he said.

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.pdf icon May 28, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Director Item - Director Jim Edgson audio about fixing Westside Road and about having another Water Rates meeting June 19, 2012 for the North Westside Road area.

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Criticism directed at North Westside director
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - April 29, 2012

North Westside director Jim Edgson is drawing fire for his handling of soaring water rates.

Both the North Westside Communities Association and the North Westside Ratepayers Association are fighting a 190 per cent increase in fees by the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

“People are very concerned with the lack of consultation,” said Marsali MacIver, NWCA president.

“Our director did not consult with people in a public way. There were no public meetings before the (RDCO) board had a vote. A lot of people were blind sided by this.”

There is a consumption based rate (35 cents per cubic metre for all water used in excess of 235 cubic metres during a three-month billing period) for the utilities for Killiney Beach, Westshore and Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun.

There is also a user fee and an asset renewal fee. For Westshore Estates, the user and asset fees amounts to $632 per property, while it will be $682 for Killiney Beach and $600 for Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun residents.

Both associations held a joint meeting April 18 and while Edgson was invited, he did not attend. RDCO has stated it will respond to the groups’ concerns by May 28.

“We consider that a deadline,” said MacIver.

“If there are no substantive changes or a response, we will consider our options. We could pursue legal options but we don’t want to do that.”

The North Westside Ratepayers Association is circulating a petition urging rates be reduced.

“It’s time for people to speak out,” said Diane Baldwin, NWRA president.

Baldwin says some hike in water rates is necessary and the primary concern is with process.

“We’re asking for consultation, communication and accountability,” she said.

Edgson insists the process to replace aging infrastructure has been open.

“I have gone around the community, even before I was elected, and I saw people not being served well by the water system,” he said.

“I warned people four-and-a-half years ago that it would cost a lot and they didn’t care.”

Edgson admits there were no public input sessions before the rates were adopted March 30, but the looming 2012 budget created a tight timeline.

“If we didn’t do it now, we’d have to wait another year. Ten years we’ve been at this.”

As for not attending the associations’ April 18 meeting, Edgson says the groups knew RDCO had already scheduled an open house in the same hall.

“They wanted to control the situation and I’m sorry, we don’t do that,” he said.

“We had something set up with all of the information. All they had to do was come in to get it.”

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April 10, 2012 Letter from NWRA and NWCA about North Westside Road water systems rate increase

Letter from NWRA and NWCA about North Westside Road water systems rate increase
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Click here for a .pdf file of the same letter above.

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Ask COW Director Jim Edgson how he knows which of the three water rate options (30%, 50%, or 100%) discussed at the March 26, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting, that customers in North Westside Road want?  Director Jim Edgson claims he has consulted with customers (in reply to Marsali MacIver) long before the three water rate options were even announced on March 26, 2012?  How would customers even know about these 3 options to even be able to ask about them?  An Open House being held after Director Jim Edgson voted on the option he chose March 30, 2012 is ludicrous.  At least COE Director Patty Hanson is going to ask her constituents which option they want before making a decision.

To listen to Director Jim Edsgon explain how he consulted with North Westside Road water users about the 3 options for water rates, click the link below (Marsali MacIver link) where COW Director Jim Edgson talks about how he already consulted with North Westside Road about the water system rates that were just announced March 26, 2012.

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files March 30, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Budget Public - Marsali MacIver - .wma (4.80 MB)
(This is where Director Jim Edgson explains how he consulted with North Westsiders and Marsali McIver said that he consulted with only 4 people at the Seniors lunch LOL.. good one Marsali!)

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(This is where it is said that Director Jim Edgson recommends the 50% option at time 25:29 on audio tape)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files March 30, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Budget COW Director Edgson Garbage and Water - .wma (1.67 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files March 30, 2012 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 5.1 Water Utility Rates Bylaw No. 1307, 2012 - .wma (548 KB)
(Water Utility Rates Bylaw Passes)

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Water Systems

Information Open Houses
The following sessions will be held for customers of the four water systems in Central Okanagan West Electoral Area to outline the new water rate structure and consumption-based billing changes:

Star Place/Dietrich Open House
Wednesday, April 11th - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - 4902 Star Place

Upper Fintry/Shalal Rd./Valley of the Sun Open House
Wednesday, April 18th - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Killiney Beach Community Hall, 516 Udell Road

View More Open House Information

New Water Rate Structure Approved -
The Regional Board has approved a new water rate structure for the Killiney Beach, Westshore, Star Place/Dietrich and Upper Fintry, Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun water systems. Information Meetings will be held in April for these systems to explain the rates and answer questions.

A new rate structure for Falcon Ridge and Sunset Ranch will be determined after the Area Director consults with customers.

As of April 1st, a consumption-based billing rate is in effect for all customers of the RDCO six water systems. This rate is 35-cents per cubic meter for all water used during a three month billing period in excess of 235 cubic meters. View Rate Structure Information

Infrastructure Asset Management Financial Plan - February 2012
   Information
   Presentation

Source RDCO's website about water.

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.pdf icon March 30, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Special (Budget) Board Meeting

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More about the budget here

.pdf icon March 30, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special (Budget) Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Water Utility Rates Bylaw No. 1307, 2012.pdf

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.pdf icon March 30, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special (Budget) Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes are not usually posted to RDCO's website until after they are adopted at the following Board Meeting, which the next regular board meeting will be held on April 23rd, 2012.  If the minutes are not posted here yet you can check to see if they are posted on RDCO's website.

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.pdf icon March 26, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

New Water Utility Rate Structure Approved

The Regional Board has approved a new water utility rate structure for customers of four of its six water systems. While consumption based residential rates (35-cents per cubic meter for all water used in excess of 235 cubic meters during a three month billing period) takes effect for all customers April 1st, a new User Fee and Asset Renewal Fee will be charged to customers of the Killiney Beach, Westshore, Star Place/Trepanier and Upper Fintry, Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun systems in Central Okanagan West. These new rates take into consideration the unique annual operation and future capital infrastructure replacement reserve needs of each water system. Rates for the Falcon Ridge and Sunset Ranch systems of Central Okanagan East Electoral Area will be set after the Area Director consults with customers. Information meetings will be scheduled and publicized during April for Regional District water system customers to learn more about why the rates have been restructured and how they will be impacted. The Board will consider adopting the new rate structure bylaw at its budget meeting March 30th.

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.pdf icon March 26, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

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.pdf icon February 9, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 - Urban Systems Utility Rates.pdf

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.pdf icon February 9, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6. Environmental Services

6.1 Urban Systems re: Utility Rate presentation

Ehren Lee and Michael Trickey provided a review of the draft utility rate (water rates and revenue assessment).

The Regional District owns, operates and maintains six water systems:

Falconridge, Sunset Ranch, Westshore, Star Place/Trepanier, Upper Fintry/Shalal and Killiney Beach.

The scope of the work included:
• sustainable funding levels - determine the funding level needed over the next 20 years so that revenues match the capital, operation, maintenance and administration costs of each system; and
• demand pricing - determine a conservation pricing component that promotes water use reductions through charges to customers with relatively high water demands.

A review of each of the water systems was highlighted (20 year averages and observations) including reserves, capital requirements and gaps. Demand management reviewed: objectives include:
-employ a user-pay approach to revenues
-promote conservation
-principles reviewed - consumption goes down, revenue goes down

Next steps:
• Develop a water rate structure
• Bring forward a bylaw for consideration

The question was raised regarding timing, whether an education plan will be developed, and how the increases will be implemented. Staff will provide options at a future date, today was only to present the information gathered. As each
system is unique, the Regional District will need to consider levels of service, what efficiencies can be considered, and possibly if there will be gas tax funds which can be accessed. Open houses and an education campaign will be provided as
implementation occurs. Need to move forward as soon as possible as residents who use these water systems need to understand what the annual costs are. This will be provided as part of the education plan.

HANSON/EDGSON
THAT the presentation by Urban Systems on the Water System Rate and Revenue be received;
AND FURTHER THAT the report be referred to staff for development of a water rate structure for each system and an education component with a further report to the Board.

CARRIED

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