"We were not putting enough money away to be able to replace things that may eventually need replacing or enhancing and the best course of action for that was to enact about four or five years of (higher) water rates," explained CAO Darryl Dohomerski. "Water rates, it was a five per cent increase; wastewater, it was a two per cent increase and those rates are going to go up until, I believe, it was 2021."
"Even though it's the Town of Drumheller's water system, you need to make sure that you're putting enough money away, and if you don't, you're not fixing stuff or you're having potentials where you're jeopardizing the safety of your customers."
Some people long for the days when the town charged a flat rate for water and you got an extra 4,000 gallons per household free in the summer. It wasn't free, countered Drohomerski.
"I think people don't necessarily believe that they use a lot more water in the summertime than they do in the winter time," he told Drum FM. "In some cases, that's absolutely true, but in a lot of cases that 20 per cent discount you get in December, January, February on your wastewater compensates quite well for the summer water usage."
The monthly meter charges for residential users will go to $14.74 for water and $13.34 for wastewater with a water rate of $1.88 for cubic metre based on usage of 195 litres per person per day.