Water straight to the tap
For the Lakeside Leader
Big Lakes County has confirmed it will offer rural water service to the tap. It approved a policy on the matter at its March 28 meeting, culminating several weeks’ worth of debate.
“This is a policy where everyone pays the same across the county,” said engineering consultant Trent McLaughlin.
Council approved a fee of $20,000 per connected household. The county will connect to a maximum of 150 metres from the distribution line, subject to any changes by council. People on service lines that exceed the 150 metres will pay an additional $50 per metre.
“Customers will still be able to calculate upfront what their cost will be,” said McLaughlin.
The $20,000 is estimated to be one third of the cost per-property of the connection, and would be adjusted as necessary.
Under the policy, the county will not pay for the higher costs of installation for residents who build a far distance from the property line, McLaughlin said. If the total cost exceeds $60,000, it won’t be done, said reeve Ken Matthews.