Burnaby sewer, water fees to increase in 2020

Residents can expect increases of 2% and 1%

Burnaby residents are lucky to be facing modest increases to their utility fees next year, according to the chair of the city’s financial management committee, Coun. Sav Dhaliwal. 

Sanitary sewer and waterworks rates will increase by 2% and 1% respectively.

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The water fee for single family homes will be $596 if paid by March 16, 2020. The base parcel tax for sanitary sewer service will be $563 – “probably the best in the region,” Dhaliwal said.

Dhaliwal called the waterworks fee “a really good value.”

“That’s less than $2 a day for all the water you can use, [for] the shower and everything else. We don’t appreciate what we’ve got going here,” he said. 

Burnaby is able to keep its charges relatively low thanks to its strategy of funding sewer and waterworks infrastructure through its capital reserves, Dhaliwal said.     

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