Council of the Town of Lumsden implemented a new infrastructure charge for sewer utility users by passing Bylaw No. 05-2014, which came into effect on October 1st, 2014. Please see below for relevant documents and notices:
Bylaw 05-2014 – approved by the Saskatchewan Municipal Board August 8, 2014
The Lumsden Utilities Department asks that we all reduce water consumption during a power outage.
This will help ensure adequate water supply in case of a fire and it will also alleviate the burden on our sewage lift stations.
We appreciate everyone’s efforts to conserve water as part of daily life; conserving water is especially important during a power failure.
SUMP PUMP DISCHARGE REBATE
Council has authorized a rebate program for homeowners who redirect their sump pump discharge from the Town of Lumsden’s sanitary sewer system to the storm water collection system. The rebate amount is $50.00 maximum, upon submission of the application form. The municipality reserves the right for on-site inspection, verification or follow up contact prior to providing the rebate.
TOILET REPLACEMENT REBATE
Due to the Provincial Toilet Replacement Rebate Program ending December 31, 2012, Council has agreed to continue with the municipality’s portion of the rebate for residential home owners and multi-unit complex owners who replace a high volume toilet (13 litre per flush or higher) with a dual flush or 6 litre or less per flush toilet. The rebate amount is $50.00 maximum, upon submission of an original receipt of purchase. The municipality reserves the right to inspect the installation of the toilet(s) prior to providing the rebate.
Automatic withdrawal for Utility billings – Now available
Please contact the office at 731-2404 for necessary forms and we will withdraw the funds directly from your account to cover your utility billing – hassle free!!
Sewage Blockage Rebate Policy
in 2013 Council passed the following resolution regarding blockages in sanitary sewer lines:
75-13 Newkirk/Holobetz: “That, due to a review and increase to the sewage blockage rebate policy Clause 5, increasing the maximum from $125 to $250, we rescind resolution 189-01; and
That we hereby agree to adopt the following policy pertaining to reimbursement of charges, or a portion of said charges, to clear sewer blockages in sewer service lines:
1) The Owner/Operator of a business or residence is required to supply videotape of the problem line after the blockage has been cleared. This tape shall be supplied for all blockages that a owner is requesting monetary assistance from the municipality.
2) Council will only consider service line blockages that occur on Town Property, for reimbursement.
3) Only tree root problems and structural problems with the pipe itself are causes for reimbursement. In addition, small sags in the pipeline are not deemed to be cause for blockages or reimbursement of a claim.
4) The Public Works Staff shall inspect the videotape, determine the cause of the blockage, and provide a recommendation to Council in accordance with this policy.
5) Structural problems with the pipe, on Town Property, are cause for 100 percent rebate of the invoice up to a maximum of $250.00 plus applicable taxes.
6) As tree roots are usually on both sides of the property line, a maximum of 50 percent rebate of the invoice will be eligible for reimbursement. If the videotape proves that the tree roots are only on Town property, then Council may approve a 100 percent rebate.
7) If no cause is determined by Public Works Staff, Council shall use its discretion, but may refuse any request for full or partial reimbursement.
All Contractors or sub-contractors are required to have a Town business license.”
If you experience a blockage in a sanitary sewer line, please ensure you provide a CD copy of the sewer line video and a copy of your payment receipt that includes the measurement to the blockage area to the municipal office for review and reimbursement if eligible. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the municipal office.
Reports to Consumers
- 2018 Report to Consumers
- 2017 Report to Consumers
- 2016 Report to Consumers
- 2015 Report to Consumers
- 2014 Report to Consumers
- 2013 Report to Consumers
- 2012 Report to Consumers
- 2011 Report to Consumers
- 2010 Report to Consumers
- 2009 Report to Consumers
- 2008 Report to Consumers
- 2007 Report to Consumers
- 2006 Report to Consumers
- 2005 Report to Consumers
The Drinking Water Treatment Plant
The Town of Lumsden began construction of a new Water Treatment Plant in 2001. At that time Lumsden received a Canada Saskatchewan Infrastructure grant for 60% of the total projected cost of 1.4 million dollars. Contractor cost increases, full plant automation and changing drinking water quality standards led to $700.000.00 in additional cost. Town Council has decided to finish the Water Treatment Plant to manual operation status, and borrow the additional $400,000 required to complete the project. To cover the costs of borrowing it was necessary to raise water rates by 25% at that time.
The following chart illustrates the water rate increases for the Town of Lumsden over the past few years:
|Water (per 1,000 gallons)||$10.32||$11.56||$12.95||$13.60||$13.60||$13.87|
|Sewer (flat fee per month)||$29.28||$32.79||$36.73||$36.73||$36.73||$37.46|
|Water Bulk ( gallons/$1.00)||66||58||51||48||48||47|