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Updated: 18th November 2019 14:03 Calgary

Calgary water rates have surged since 2009: Here's the interactive graph you need to see

The average Calgary family’s monthly utility bill for water, wastewater and stormwater or drainage has skyrocketed in the past decade — and the increases aren't over yet.

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Average family's water bill jumps 78% in just 9 years

Calgary city council approved earlier this month indicative rate hikes for water, wastewater and stormwater services. If the higher rates are imposed, it would add $17 dollars a month to the typical homeowners' bill — or about $200 per year. (David Bell/CBC)

In 2009, the average Calgary family's monthly utility bill for water, wastewater and stormwater (drainage) was $64.77.

This year, nine years later, that same family is paying on average of $115.93, an increase of more than 78 per cent.

The cost of providing wastewater services increased the most, jumping from an average of $22.14 in 2009 to $53.91 in 2018. That's an increase of more than 143 per cent.

The city says there are many factors in the increased costs. Inflation, wastewater plant capacity increases, upgrades to some drainage services in older communities, river flooding protection projects and others.

And the increases are not done yet. Calgary city council approved earlier this month indicative rate hikes for water, wastewater and stormwater services.

The plan is to essentially freeze water rates but increase wastewater rates by up to 5.5 per cent per year and stormwater rates by up to five per cent over the course of the four-year budget. 

If the higher rates are imposed, it would add $17 dollars a month to the typical homeowner's water bill — or about $200 per year.

For example, rolled together, the potential hikes could turn an average $116 monthly water bill today into a $133 a month bill in 2022. That means the average bill could jump by $204 a year by 2022.

Clarifications

  • An earlier version of this story said the changes could mean a potential increase to the average water bill of $204 a year between now and 2022. To clarify, the increases to the average water bill would climb until 2022, when they could potentially amount to an extra $204 a year.

    Jul 03, 2018 9:40 AM MT

With files from CBC's Scott Dippel

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