Sewer and water increase on the way for Carleton Place

Phil Hogan presents the sewer and water budget for the 28 and final time at the September 19 Corporate Services Committee meeting. The approved budget proposes a 1.8 per cent increase to the sewer and water rate, increasing costs by approximately $16 for a family of three to five. Photo: Harrison Field
Posted on: September 20, 2017

Harrison Field

A 1.8 per cent increase is par for the course when it comes to water and sewage costs in Carleton Place.

Phil Hogan, treasurer, introduced the sewer and water budget for the 28 and final time at the Sept.19 corporate services committee meeting.

According to the presentation given by Hogan, the increase will result in an increased bill of about $16 for a family of three to five and about $15.42 for households with one to two people.
“You definitely have to inflate because most of your cost items are under inflation,” said Hogan.

Since the 1960s, Carleton Place has actively been replacing the services and facilities for water and sewage. As a result, only 1.89 kilometres of pipes are from the 1960s or older.

The pipes are about 25 years old on average, while major systems like the water tower, sewage plant and water plant were replaced three years ago, 24 years ago, and 15 years ago.

“A lot of the value of our system is in the ground, you don’t get to see it,” said Hogan.
Compared to similar municipalities in Ontario that provide water services, Carleton Place is one of only 16 that has the average age of systems between zero and 25 years old.

The town has plans to continue growth and non-growth related projects, with planning prepared for the next 10 years.

“It just goes on. There’s actually no end to the projects in the sewer and water area. It’s not like you’ll ever feel you arrive,” said Hogan.