Follow the links below to view current by-laws related to water and sewer rates and usage.
For more information, view the Sewer Use By-law Enforcement page.
New water/wastewater rates for 2017 - 2020
New water and wastewater rates for 2017 - 2020 take effect on April 1, 2017. The rates vary depending on where you live and the water or wastewater system needs of your community.
Starting April 1, 2017, all township water and wastewater system users are moving to a metered system, and away from paying a flat fee. The new metered system will allow residents and businesses to manage their water use, and see a reduction in their water/wastewater bill for conserving water. Visit our water conservation page for five tips to save water.
Select your water system from the drop down below to learn more about your water rates.
How rates are set
The County worked with Hemson Consulting Ltd. to set water and wastewater rates for 2017-2020. Public consultation on the rates took place in the fall of 2016 through public meetings and theSpeak Up, Oxford! online portal. Staff also reached out to stakeholder groups including the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors and local Chambers of Commerce.
The water and wastewater rates vary by community. Oxford County provides municipal water services to 21 communities, 11 of those also have municipal wastewater services. All of the wastewater systems and three urban water systems are maintained as independent financial systems, while the township water systems are grouped into one financial system to achieve economy of scale.
Source Water Protection Program
There are four Source Protection Plans (SPPs) applicable to Oxford County that have been under development by local Conservation Authorities and County staff since 2006. In order to support the program activities within these plans, incentives for implementing best management practices; retention of experts to assist with risk management plans; administration; and, where necessary, purchase of highly vulnerable lands, requires funding.
To fund this program, a Source Water Protection monthly charge will be billed to every water customer at a rate of $0.03/m3, with a minimum charge of $1.20 per month. Click here for more information on the Source Water Protection Programs.
Community Servicing Assistance Program (CSAP)
Starting April 1, 2017, the monthlyCommunity Servicing Assistance Program (CSAP) fee has been suspended. The CSAP fee was developed to provide financial assistance to existing landowners where municipal water and sewers have been extended to replace private water and wastewater systems.
Existing customers were charged $10.00 per-water service and $10.00 per wastewater service per year.
While CSAP assistance funding remains available on approved projects, until the reserve balance is fully depleted, the charge has been suspended from water and wastewater bills.