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Surcharge fees for non-metered Charlottetown residents to double

Richard MacEwen, manager of Charlottetown’s Water and Sewer Utility, says the city is behind schedule on its water metering program. Of the 10,000 customers in the city, there are still 750 who haven’t been hooked up yet.
Richard MacEwen, manager of Charlottetown’s water and sewer utility, is holding a water meter in this file photo. There are currently about 200 customers in Charlottetown who have not yet complied with the requirement to be metered. These customers are currently charged a $50 per quarter surcharge as an incentive to get metered.
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Charlottetown residents who are not currently hooked up to a water meter will soon pay double the non-metered surcharge fee.

The city’s water and sewer utility has seen a 13 per cent decrease in annual water consumption during the past seven years since the universal metering program was rolled out to residents in 2013, resulting in almost all customers being metered. 

There are currently about 200 customers in Charlottetown who have not yet complied with the requirement to be metered. These customers are currently charged a $50 per quarter surcharge as an incentive to get metered. 

Beginning Oct. 1, the non-metered surcharge will increase to $100 per quarter. After Oct. 1, customers who are still not metered will end up paying almost three times more on the consumption portion of their bill than the average metered customer.

Although the population of Charlottetown is growing, residents are managing to reduce annual water consumption. The annual consumption in 2008 was the highest at 7.2 million cubic meters, compared to an annual usage of 6.2 million cubic meters in 2019. (One cubic meter is equal to 1,000 litres).

For more information on the universal metering program, contact the water and sewer utility at 902-629-4014. 

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