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Cumberland County approves three water utility budgets

Cumberland municipal council has approved the three-year operating and capital budgets for the Parrsboro, Pugwash and Springhill water utilities.

Each of these utilities have their own water rates and are independent of each other.

It is a requirement of Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board that each water utility approve and submit three-year operating and capital budgets.

Customers of the Springhill water utility have not seen a rate change since April 1, 2017. The last water rate study there was in 2014, with the utility and review board approving rate increases for 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Parrsboro’s water utility completed a water rate study in 2016, with the utility and review board issuing an order approving new rates effective April 1, 2017, and 2018.

Part of that water rate application included a commitment to install water metres and complete a future rate study based on consumption versus the current per tap rates historically charged in the community.