As expected, water and sewer rates will rise in Prince Edward County, effective Saturday, after council officially passed the new charges Tuesday night.
The rates are based on metre size and will start at an average monthly base charge of $28.36 this year, with a $2.12 per cubic metre consumption charge, rising 5% per year through 2021.
CAO James Hepburn tells Quinte News, while residents may not be pleased with the spike, plenty of work went into making the decision and the increases are much-needed to upgrade and maintain the systems.
Hepburn added that PEC hasn’t upped its water/sewer rates in more than a year.
Meanwhile, County Mayor Robert Quaiff says despite those increases, work will be done to help out those residents who are having trouble handling high water and hydro bills.
The County operates and maintains a total of six water systems and two sewer systems.
You can see the full water and wastewater rate chart below.