County shuns extra water hookup proposal

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Big Lakes County has confirmed a minimum cost of $20,000 for residents to connect to rural water service.
At its regular meeting May 9, council approved a recommendation to allow connection to a maximum of two buildings for each land title.
Engineering consultant Trent McLaughlin recommended another option that owners be charged a fee of $20,000 for each building, including the primary residence.
Council denied the suggestion citing expense.
“We felt it was too expensive to pay $20,000 for each connection on the same property,” Reeve Ken Matthews says.
He echoed the words of another councilor.
“That’s ridiculous to pay $40,000,” South Sunset House – Gilwood Councillor Ann Stewart said.
A service connection line can be extended only to a maximum of two buildings on the same property, such as a garage, shop or additional residence, states the policy.
All costs of the second connection are the responsibility of the landowner.
Work must by inspected and approved by the county.
The county will connect to a maximum of 150 metres from the distribution line, subject to any changes by council.
People on service lines that exceed the 150 m will pay an additional $50 per metre.
The $20,000 fee for one connection is the minimum cost. Should construction costs exceeed $60,000 the property owner will pay one-third of the total fee, states the report.


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