KAWARTHA LAKES-Council has approved a staff recommendation that would not require some residents to immediately hook up to municipal water and sewer.
During the Special Council meeting held September 18, staff presented to Council their recommendations for a new plan to address the by-law requiring mandatory connection to municipal systems. The recommendation to amend the 2014 by-law to require connection to City services only when the private infrastructure (well or septic system) fails was received and passed by Council during the September 25 meeting.
Those properties that are required to connect to the City services but have not yet done so will pay the applicable water and/or wastewater service fixed rate fee. The fixed rate fees, (excluding consumption), are currently $349 for water and $331 for sewer*. These fees are in exchange for:
- access to dependable municipal water and wastewater systems as available
- increased property value based on available access
- reduced insurance rates as a result of these services
- a guaranteed safe and available water source
“The approval of our recommendation to amend the by-law is a positive step forward in achieving City-wide implementation for the mandatory connections,” stated Bryan Robinson, Director of Public Works. “This option has the least financial impact on residents who are required to connect and confirms Council’s commitment to achieving sustainability in our water and wastewater systems”.
There is no action required by impacted residents at this time. The amended by-law is proposed to come forward to Council late 2018 after which the new by-law will be included on the City’s website. As well, a press release will be issued at that time to inform the public and communication to immediately impacted residents will be provided by Staff.
If there are any questions residents can call David Kerr, Manager of Environmental Services at 705-324-9411 ext. 1118.