Water & Sewer Utility

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Wastwater Treatment Facility Project 

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The Town of Lumsden operates a fully automated Water Treatment Plant (WTP) fed by wells owned by the municipality and located south of Lumsden.

Currently, effluent (sewage) is discharged into a lagoon located east of Lumsden. A new Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) is under construction with plans to be operational by early 2021.

SEWER INFORMATION:

SEWAGE RATES

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:

Wastewater Treatment Update – Published in the Waterfront Press on June 2014, mailed with the Water Billing in July, and on http://lumsden.blog.com

Bylaw 05-2014 – approved by the Saskatchewan Municipal Board August 8, 2014

Notice to Residents/Ratepayers – New Sewer Infrastructure Charge

 

Power Outages

The Lumsden Utilities Department asks that we all reduce water consumption during a power outages.

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.

Municipal Sump Pump Discharge Rebate Application Form

 

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.

Municipal Toilet Replacement Rebate Application Form

 

Pre-Authorized Debit withdrawal for Utility Billings – Now available
The municipal office offers automatic withdrawal of funds directly from your account to cover your utility billings – hassle free!! If you would like to participate, please complete the attached Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) form.

Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) Agreement – Fillable

 

Sewage Blockage Rebate Policy

in 2013 Council passed the following resolution regarding blockages in sanitary sewer lines:

75-2013     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.

 

WATER INFORMATION:

Reports 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:

 2015  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Water (per 1,000 gallons) $13.60 $13.60 $13.87  $14.15  $14.43  $14.86  $15.31
Water Bulk ( gallons/$1.00) 48 48 47 46 45 44 43

Waterworks Information

2018 Waterworks Information

2017 Waterworks Information

2016 Waterworks Information

2015 Waterworks Information
2014 Waterworks Information
2013 Waterworks Information
2012 Waterworks Information
2011 Waterworks Information
2010 Waterworks Information

Power Outages

The Lumsden Utilities Department asks that we all reduce water consumption during a power outages.

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.