Utility Rates

2022 UTILITY FEE UPDATE

Effective March 1, 2022, Town of Cochrane utility fees will be increasing to better reflect the cost of providing the service. While the impact will vary from household-to-household dependent on the specific usage, the average home will see a $6.80 monthly increase.

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 March 1, 2022


 Utility  Rate - increase in bold  
 Water consumption 
 

0-15 cubic metres = $1.26 per cubic metre $0.03   
15-30 cubic metres = $1.77 per cubic metre $0.05 
Over 30 cubic metres = $2.63 per cubic metre $0.09 

(More information on water conservation initiatives including the three-tier water rate.)

 
 Water base charge $8.45 per month, flat rate  $0.80 
 Sewer consumption  $2.32 per cubic metre (see below for consumption calculation)  $0.06 
 Sewer base charge $11.20 per month, flat rate $1.45 
 Storm sewer fee $5.17 per month, flat rate $0.25 
 Waste/Recycling/Organics collection $26.65 per month, flat rate $3.07 
 Eco Centre fee 
$5.00 per month

Residential Utility Rates effective January 1, 2021


Utility  Rate 
Water consumption 

0-15 cubic metres = $1.23 per cubic metre

15-30 cubic metres = $1.72 per cubic metre
Over 30 cubic metres = $2.54 per cubic metre
(More information on water conservation initiatives including the three-tier water rate.)

Water base charge
$7.65 per month, flat rate
Sewer consumption  $2.26 per cubic metre (see below for consumption calculation)
Sewer base charge
$9.75 per month, flat rate
Storm sewer fee $4.92 per month, flat rate
Waste/Recycling/Organics collection $23.58 per month, flat rate
Eco Centre fee  $5.00 per month

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 on the last day of the month.  Utility Bills are issued around the 7th of the month for the previous month.

View the 
sample utility bill online to see where the waste and recycling collection and Eco Centre fees appear.

Sewer Consumption Calculations


How does the Town calculate sewer consumption?


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.


Non-residential Utility Rates

 effective March 1, 2022


Utility  Rate - increase in bold
Water consumption 
$1.41 per cubic metre $0.03 
Irrigation consumption
(Irrigation Meter)

$2.63 per cubic metre $0.09 

Water and Irrigation base charges

 Based on meter size, per month flat rate

15mm (5/8")
$8.45  $0.80           
25mm (1")
$14.88 $1.41
40mm (1.5")
$29.83 $2.82
50mm (2")
$50.76 $4.80
75mm (3")
$110.54 $10.46
100mm (4")
$194.20 $18.37
150mm (6")
$433.39 $41.00
200mm (8")
$767.89 $72.65
Sewer consumption  $2.32 per cubic metre of water usage $0.06 
Sewer base charges

Based on meter size, per month flat rate

15mm (5/8")
$11.20 $1.45            
25mm (1")
$15.42 $2.13
40mm (1.5")
$29.43 $4.06
50mm (2")
$48.95 $6.75
75mm (3")
$96.65 $6.32
100mm (4")
$168.78 $11.04
150mm (6")
$374.90 $24.53
200mm (8")
$663.45 $43.40
Storm sewer rate  $5.17 per month, flat rate $0.25 
Bulk water rate
Non domestic surcharge
$4.00 per cubic metre
$2.00 per cubic metre
Bulk wastewater rate  $17.87 per cubic metre 

Non-residential Utility Rates

 effective January 1, 2021


Utility  Rate 
Water consumption 
$1.38 per cubic metre
Irrigation consumption
(Irrigation Meter)

$2.54 per cubic metre
Water and Irrigation base rates

 Based on meter size, per month flat rate

15mm (5/8")
$7.65             
25mm (1")
$13.47
40mm (1.5")
$27.01
50mm (2")
$45.96
75mm (3")
$100.08
100mm (4")
$175.83
150mm (6")
$392.39
200mm (8')
$695.24
Sewer rate  $2.26 per cubic metre of water usage
Sewer base rates

Based on meter size, per month flat rate

15mm (5/8")
$9.75             
25mm (1")
$13.29
40mm (1.5")
$25.37
50mm (2")
$42.20
75mm (3")
$90.33
100mm (4")
$157.74
150mm (6")
$350.37
200mm (8")
$620.05
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

Eco Centre Rates - 2022

Fees applied to utility invoice effective January 1, 2021

Fee

Waste, recycling & organics curbside cart collection 

$26.65/month

Eco Centre fee

$5/month

Waste cart replaced or added when applicable

$48

Recycling cart replaced or added when applicable

$77

Organics cart replaced or added (bylaw sets the size) when applicable

$77/240L  

$48/120L

Additional waste cart collection rate when applicable

$15/month/cart

Additional recycling cart collection rate when applicable

$7.55/month/cart

Additional organics cart collection rate when applicable

$7/month/cart








Payment types VISA, Mastercard & Interac.  Cash not available at this time.

     Fee

Excess waste bag (set out 1m from waste cart on collection day, max 3 bags )

    $3.50

Eco Centre pay-as-you-throw clear bag (no recycling, no organics)

    $3 

Eco Centre pay-as-you-throw truck load 

    $30/load                 

Eco Centre appliance - fridge, freezer, water cooler, air conditioner 

    $40

Eco Centre appliance - stove, washer, dryer, dishwasher, furnace 

    $30

Eco Centre appliance - hot water tank 

    $15

Compost event (2 per year) 

    Free

Shredding event (1 per year)

    Free

Borrowing event Containers 

    Free