Town residents can expect to see their water bills go up by about $10 a month as of March 1.
Council approved the motion to increase the water rate from $1.66 to $1.99 per cubic meter to be effective next month. The decision to increase it was made after council had discussed the operating budget.
The average of a $10 a month increase is based on a $48 water bill.
Interim CAO Donna Tona said increasing the water bill is a pro active move by council to ensure there is adequate funding in reserves should repairs be needed. She said the cost of repairs continues to increase.
She noted 50 per cent of the water/sewer surplus will go to reserves.
Tona encourages residents to control their water usage noting the newer type toilets use far less water than the older models.
She said the town will require residents to use the odd/even watering method in the summer.