Utility Fees

The following link explains the details for the Water and Sewer Bylaw in place. A breakdown of other applicable utility charges in the County of Newell is illustrated below.

Water & Sewer Bylaw

Utility Fees

Excerpt from the Current Schedule of Fees Bylaw related to fees charged for utilities.


The charges below apply to water and wastewater systems and cover costs associated with the provision of the service and basic maintenance and repairs of the communal infrastructure.  Upgrades or replacement of the system or substantial portions thereof will be funded collectively by the system users through a local improvement levy.  Repairs required on that portion of service lines located between serviced structures and the curb stop or lot line are the responsibility of the property owner.

1)  Billing Process

All utility bills will be sent to the property owners.  

2)  Connection / Installation Charges

Hamlet water and sewer systems - Property owners will be required to arrange for and cover full costs incurred for connection to Hamlet water and sewer systems, plus pay a $100 approval / service inspection fee.

Rural water distribution system – Property owners who are approved for connection to the Rural water system will be charged $7000.00 per water unit (300 imperial gallons per day) plus $700.00 for water licensing costs, and the full costs to install servicing lines to the curb stop location.

3)  Utility System Accounts

Adjustments to utility accounts for errors in invoices will be applied retroactively for a maximum one (1) year period which precedes the date when the error was brought to the attention of County Administration.

Overdue accounts are subject to a penalty of 1.5% per month on outstanding amounts. Accounts which are greater than 60 days overdue may have services disconnected.  Accounts which are greater than 90 days overdue will have outstanding balances transferred to the tax roll.

4)  Shut Off / Reconnection Fees

      a. Shut off for non-payment of account - $100.00

      b. Temporary disconnect requested by landowner or agent - $100.00

      c. Disconnecting water service for abandonment - $100.00 plus labor and materials at cost.

      d. Reconnection - $100.00    

(If service was shut off due to an overdue account, the reconnection fee and outstanding balances must be paid before service is restored. Re-connection will be completed during regular working hours.)

5)  Manual Meter Readings (if required to close account, or verify consumption outside of standard meter reading schedule).   $100.00

6)  Meter Testing Charge - $250.00

     If meter is faulty – the fee will be refunded.          

7) Water Rates (monthly equivalent – actual billing cycle may vary)

     Rural Water Distribution System (charges per water unit):

     - Base charge - $26.00           

     - Consumption fee - $31.50

    Hamlet water systems:

    - Residential base charge - $34.75

    - Non-residential base charge – $34.75

    - Consumption charge - $2.28/cubic meter

    - Unmetered residential consumption charge - $60.00

    - Unmetered non-residential services consumption charge – double the unmetered residential rate.  

8)  Sanitary Sewer Charge (monthly equivalent)                                                                            

      - Residential rates - $27.45            

      - Non-residential rates - $27.45                                

9)  Water Sales Stations
      a.  Same rate as charged at the City of Brooks Bulk Fill Station
10) New Water Meter (hamlets) - $350.00
11) Replacement Flow Emitter Assembly (rural water system) - $450.00 
12) Garbage Collection (Hamlet of Tilley)
        - Residential Service - $10.00 per month
        - Commercial Industrial & Institutional - $30.00 per month