• February 03, 2013

    What Should Abbotsford’s Sewer Rates Be?

    Now that both Abbotsford and Mission Councils have agreed that our current water source capabilities will serve both communities for the next 15 – 20 years, based on actual data for the past 5 years, I began looking at our sewer utility and discovered some interesting facts as it relates to sewage volumes and cost of our sewage system.

    Up until May of 2011, the Joint Abbotsford Mission Environmental Systems Wastewater Treatment (“JAMES”) plant processed sewage from the Aldergrove area of Langley Township via a sewer main at the Aldergrove/Abbotsford boundary.  As a result of Aldergrove disconnecting from Abbotsford’s sewer system, the sewage volume at the JAMES plant between May and June, 2011, decreased by 12%.  While this may not seem like a large decrease, it had a surprisingly large impact on the cost of processing one cubic metre (m3) of sewage.  The sewer operating costs rose by 30% – from $0.51 per m3 in 2010 to $0.67 per… Continue Reading

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