A year ago, Abbotsford voters decidedly defeated the proposed Stave Lake project. Although there are many reasons for the defeat, one of them was discontent with increased water rates and the tiered water rate structure.
Residential water rates increased between 2007 and 2011 by 77% at the lowest of the 3 tiered rate structure. Consumption at the third tier (91 + m3), suffered a 250% increase. Most residents saw the tiered rate increases as excessive, unfair and unacceptable. What was less known was the Industrial, Commercial, Industrial (ICI), and Agriculture (AG) sectors water rates. Although residential tiered water rates were discarded by Council in March, 2012, the ICI and AG water rates were not changed, even though the rate charged to the highest tiered (over 100,001 m3), ICI customers were billed at $0.69 per m3… Continue Reading