Nova Scotia

Halifax Water wants rate hike

Halifax Water says it needs to charge more to cover its costs even though water consumption is on the decline.

Halifax Water says it needs to charge more to cover its costs even though water consumption is on the decline.

The municipal water commission is applying to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board to hike rates in June. If approved, the average household would pay an extra $5.75 a month.

Cathie O'Toole, director of finance and customer service, said water usage is down by nearly six per cent in the last five years, but the cost of providing it keeps rising.

"If consumption decreases it doesn't mean that we've got a corresponding decrease in our expenses that matches the amount that our revenues went by," she said Monday.

The proposed increase would apply to all customers except those at the airport, which have a different rate system.

This request comes a year after the water commission was granted an increase of 27 per cent, after asking the review board for 41 per cent more.    

now