To help residents reduce their water consumption, the Town promotes household and outdoor water conservation with year-round time-of-day watering regulations and offers rebates on the purchase of high-efficiency toilets and washing machines. Find out more: cochrane.ca/WaterConservation
Residential Utility Rates effective January 1, 2021
0-15 cubic metres = $1.23 per cubic metre
15-30 cubic metres = $1.72 per cubic metre
|Water base rate
||$7.65 per month, flat rate
|Sewer rate||$2.26 per cubic metre (see below for consumption calculation)
|Sewer base rate
||$9.75 per month, flat rate
|Storm sewer||$4.92 per month, flat rate
|Waste and recycling collection||$23.58 per month, flat rate|
|Eco Centre fee||$5.00 per month|
Sewer Consumption Calculations
How does the Town calculate sewer consumption?
The Town of Cochrane tracks the volume of water delivered to your home and uses that number to calculate the water consumption amount on your utility invoice.
Water meters are read near the end of the month. Utility Bills are issued around the 7th of the month for the previous month.
The Town does not have a way to track the water going down the drain, so we use your water consumption to calculate your sewer consumption.
For residential accounts that have account history:
If you lived in your home from November to April, you have an account history.
We calculate your average monthly water usage from November through April. This monthly average is then applied to your bill as sewer consumption for May through October. If your monthly water use is less than the average, the sewer consumption will be based on your actual water usage.
This method of calculating sewer consumption is called winter averaging. It is used to ensure that residents do not pay sewer consumption for outdoor water use during the summer.
If you use less than 5 cubic metres of water during a winter month, a value of 5 cubic metres will be used to calculate the average.
From November through April, sewer consumption is billed at 100% of water consumption.
For residential accounts that do not have account history:
Sewer consumption is billed at 100% of water consumption for November through April.
Sewer consumption is billed at 80% of water consumption for May through October.
View the sample utility bill online to see where the waste and recycling collection and Eco Centre fees appear.
Non-residential Utility Rates- Effective January 1 2021
$1.38 per cubic metre
$2.54 per cubic metre
|Water and Irrigation base rates
|| Based on meter size, per month flat rate
|Sewer rate||$2.26 per cubic metre of water usage
|Sewer base rates
||Based on meter size, per month flat rate
|Storm sewer rate||$4.92 per month, flat rate
|Bulk water rate
Non domestic surcharge
|$4.00 per cubic metre
$2.00 per cubic metre
|Bulk wastewater rate||$17.87 per cubic metre|