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MOFFATT: No perfect way to collect stormwater fees

(Here’s a note shared by Rideau-Goulbourn Councillor Scott Moffatt today via email.)

“There simply is no perfect way to collect fees on the basis of fairness. Each and every property contributes differently. Short of any perfect solution, we have the proposal before us.”

In March and April of this year, residents were informed of the City of Ottawa’s Water, Sewer and Stormwater Rate Structure Review. Over the course of those two months, we shared much information on the matter and you were very involved in these discussions. Once again, I would like to thank everyone who contacted me, submitted comments to the City and attended the public consultation sessions. The April 7th meeting held in North Gower was attended by approximately 250 residents.  Continue reading


What the city’s proposed new water rates mean for you

The city released its proposed new water rate structure Monday and for most people in Stittsville it could mean a slight increase – or even decrease – to your bill, assuming you’re hooked up to the City’s water and you’re not on a private well or septic system.

The structure would add a flat connection fee to your bill on top of the existing rate based on water usage. It would also break the sewer surcharge into two items: a fixed-and-variable rate sewer fee and a fixed-rate stormwater fee. Continue reading


COMMENT: Sustainability, not revenue, should drive stormwater fees

Photo: Construction is underway for the Kanata West Pump Station on Maple Grove Road, part of a $60-million water infrastructure project in Kanata-Stittsville.

The City’s proposal to initiate a stormwater fee separate from water and waste water charges has stirred much passion. In the heat of the argument, the basic principle underlying a stormwater fee needs to be reasserted: You pave, you pay. Continue reading


NOTEBOOK: New date added for water rate consultations

The City has added another public consultation session for proposed changes to water/sewer rates, and this one is nearby in Kanata. This one’s on Monday, April 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kanata Recreation Complex, 100 Charlie Rogers Place (formerly Walter Baker Place), Hall A.  That’s just off Terry Fox near Hazeldean. More info…

Recommended reading: Kitchissippi councillor Jeff Leiper commissioned an independent study of different approaches that the City could take to change water and sewer fees.  This is a complicated file and I don’t envy councillors as they try to find a more equitable way to charge for these services. You can read the study here…


BACKFLOW TO THE FUTURE: City proposes prevention program

(press release)

The City of Ottawa is holding public consultations about the proposed Backflow Prevention Program, which will require businesses, institutions and multi-residential buildings to install and maintain backflow prevention devices.

These devices will help prevent backflow incidents that can occur when low water pressure causes contaminants to flow from buildings into the drinking water system. Backflow is a potential source of drinking water contamination and poses a risk to public health.

Consultations will take place on:

  • Wednesday, March 2 from 8 to 10 a.m., Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, Ellwood Hall, 1265 Walkley Road
  • Tuesday, March 8 from 1 to 3 p.m., Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, Kiwanis Hall, 300 Pères-Blancs Avenue
  • Thursday, March 10 from 6 to 8 p.m., Ben Franklin Place, Chamber Hall, 101 Centrepointe Drive

Anyone interested in attending a consultation is asked to RSVP to backflow@ottawa.ca.

An online survey will be available on ottawa.ca/backflow from March 2 to 31. Information gathered during the consultations and from the survey will assist City staff in developing a report to Council. Implementation of the program is planned for January 1, 2017.

Receive more information about Backflow Prevention Program at ottawa.ca/backflow or by email atbackflow@ottawa.ca.


Detour due to emergency sewer work on Stittsville Main this weekend

(via city councillor Shad Qadri)

This is to notify you that the City of Ottawa Sewer and Water Department have flagged an emergency sewer repair matter that needs immediate attention on Stittsville Main Street between Abbott Street and Beverly Street (in front of Bradley Insurance) on the east side of the road. Continue reading