City declines bulk water deal with PRRD for rural residents

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

The Regional Directors had written City Council proposing paying the City $1 million over the next ten years, in exchange for rural residents paying the same rate for bulk water as city residents. They were each willing to allocate $50,000 from their annual Fair Share funding each year for the next ten years, as capital payments to go towards the extra costs of upgrading the City’s water system. 

A report by City staff raised a number of questions about the possible agreement, which the letter does not sufficiently answer. Based on last year’s rural water consumption at the bulk water station, the annual $100,000 contribution would equal to 28.25 cents per cubic metre. 

Currently city residents pay $1.12 per cubic metre for water, while rural residents pay $3.00 per cubic metre for bulk water. That would mean a $1.88 reduction in rate, for the 28.25 cent payment.

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