Durham Regional Council has approved a rate hike of less than one per cent for water and sanitary sewer use rates.
In the new year, users will see a combined 0.75 per cent increase to their water bill. This means the average home will pay about $7.72 more over the course of the year.
Those tax dollars are spent on routine maintenance and operation of water and sewer systems, as well as a handful of major projects.
In 2021, Durham is planning to replace more than 14 kilometres of watermain and sewer pipe, expand existing systems in Pickering and Courtice and install a new well and pumphouse in Cannington.
There will also be upgrades to the Lake Simcoe Water Pollution Control Plant in Brock.
The new rates will kick in on January 1.
Officials say they took the COVID-19 pandemic into account this year. Since many people have spent at least part of the year working from home, residential areas are consuming more water than they normally do.
“At the region, we strive to serve Durham taxpayers through responsive, effective and fiscally sustainable service delivery, and investing in our municipal water and sanitary sewer system is one of the important investments we can make,” said Regional Chair John Henry. “No other service has greater impact on our everyday life than safe drinking water and the protection of our water environment.”
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