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Utility rate increase approved in Waterloo

The 3.9 per cent increase represents an extra cost of $41.87 for the average household
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Prepare to pay a bit more for your water in Waterloo this year.

City council approved an increase of 3.9 per cent Monday night, which represents an extra cost of $41.87 for the average household.

Of that, the city's share is 2.5 per cent (or $27), while the region's share is 1.4 per cent (or $14.87).

This money will go towards costs associated with drinking water, collecting and treating sanitary wastewater, along with managing stormwater responsibly.

Meantime the city will start implementing a new advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system this year.

According to the city, the system "provides access to real time water consumption data through real time water reads on an hourly basis."

"A complete AMI system includes radio transmitters that are attached to the customers' home or building (wired to the remote reading device), the (radio) network platform, the database hosting (server) environment, and lastly the customer website portal/interface. The transmitters relay water consumption data (water reads) through a wireless communication platform and are ultimately received by the water utility’s database environment."

Installation will start this spring, and projected to be done by the fall of 2023.


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