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Springhill, Parrsboro and Pugwash water budgets referred

The Municipality of the County of Cumberland has referred the budgets of the water utilities in Springhill, Parrsboro and Pugwash to its July 27 regular meeting.

 Each of these water utilities has its own approved water rate and are independent of each other.

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board requires each utility to approve and submit three-year operating and capital budgets.

The municipality is preparing a water rate study that explores the feasibility of combining the three water utilities.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 metered consumption versus the current per tap rates historically charged in the community.     

Commissioned in spring 2018, the Pugwash water utility had undertaken a water rate study in 2017 and in January 2018, the utility and review board issued an order approving rates effective April 1, 2018, and 2019.

Due to commissioning issues, the system was not operational until 2019, when customers began connecting to the system.The rates charged to customers of the Pugwash water utility have not changed since April 1, 2019.