Council brought forward the motion that the water rates bylaw receives its first three readings, which passed unanimously. (File Photo)

Proposed bylaw to increase water rates receives first three readings

The bylaw will be brought back to council to consider adoption on Apr. 4

A bylaw that could see water rates in Kitimat increase has been given its first three readings.

The proposed bylaw was first brought in front of staff in February, council initially wanted more information on how the changes would affect metered rates and users.

The bylaw states that from January to April users pay $12 per month per dwelling unit. Beginning in May, the annual fee will be $164 per dwelling which represents an increase of $1.66 a month.

The total is $164 per dwelling unit as of May 2022, or an increase of $2.5 monthly.

The money from the water rate increase goes into improvements to the water system, most notably improvements to water quality in Service Centre.

Council brought forward the motion that the water rates amended bylaw 2012, 2022 receive its first three readings, which passed unanimously.

The increase to residential, commercial and institutional water rates will take effect as of May 1. The bylaw will be brought back to council to consider adoption on Apr. 4.

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