Kinkora sewer rates going up 11 per cent

The central P.E.I. village is asking its residents to pay 11 per cent more for sewer services to cover its part of an $800,000 upgrade to the sewer system.

Village increases sewer rates to pay for its chunk of recent upgrades

Village councillor Robert Duffy says the average household will now pay roughly $400 a year for sewer services. (Shutterstock / Peter Gudella)

Kinkora residents are going to be paying a bit more for their sewer services.

The central P.E.I. village is asking its residents to pay 11 per cent more to cover its part of an $800,000 upgrade to the sewer system.

Kinkora Coun. Robert Duffy, head of the sewer utility, says the average household bill will increase by $40 to roughly $400 per year.

"It is unfortunate that this generation is at a time where we're upgrading all the sewer systems, but we're financing it over 20 years," he said.

Provincial, federal governments pitch in

Seventy-five per cent of the $800,000 was provided by the province as well as the federal government's Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

Duffy said the funding will help complete almost all the upgrades needed on a sewer system built in the mid-1960s. 

"When you're dealing with a small population and a big build to upgrade your sewer, it's very fortunate that you can tap into infrastructure funds to complete your project," he added.

With files from Laura Chapin