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2015 Waterworks Rate Policy

August 30th 2016

ANNUAL INFORMATION TO BE MADE AVAILABLE AT THE MUNICIPAL OFFICE BY SEPTEMBER 1 OF EACH YEAR

Year:  2015

January 1 – December 31, 2015

Name and Number of

Municipality:

 

N. Town of La Ronge, Saskatchewan

WATERWORKS RATE POLICY

Describe the waterworks rates and fees charged by the municipality, including price per unit:

v  See Water Services Bylaw # 454/05 and Amended Schedule Rates # 552/14

 

Describe how the waterworks rates and fees are determined, including the type of costs used for determining the rates and fees.

 

v  Rates and fees are determined by Council and the goal is to mirror actual costs of operations and capital upgrades in cautious manner. The Town is a member of the Lac la Ronge Regional Water Corporation and is responsible for 43.24% of the administrative and operating costs based on the Town’s population. SaskWater has been contracted to operate the regional system at a cost of $62,380 per month plus disbursements. The Town continues to operate the distribution system within the town limits, including 2 reservoirs.

 

 

v  Currently costs of potable water takes into consideration the following:

o   Contract costs

o   Labor Costs including training

o   Maintenance, materials and supplies

o   Power and heat costs for the reservoirs

o   Telephone and Security

o   Insurance

o   Testing

 

Describe the objectives of the waterworks rate policy:

 

v  To provide high quality potable water to the residents of La Ronge at a cost effective rate.

 

v  To increase resources for water treatment and distribution infrastructure to accommodate present and future requirements

 

 

WATERWORKS CAPITAL INVESTMENT STRATEGY

Describe the objectives of the waterworks capital investment strategy:

v  To address and prepare for future legislated water compliance needs of the residents of La Ronge by annually reviewing the water and sewer capital reserve allocation.

 

v  To monitor the La Ronge Water distribution system and prepare for system upgrades as discussed in the 2010 Waterworks System Assessment Northern Saskatchewan.  This report was completed by Associated Engineering and submitted to the Town of La Ronge and reviewed in December, 2011.

Describe how capital plans are determined, including how they are identified and prioritized:

v  Capital plans will be determined by a combination of commissioned studies such as the 2010 Waterworks System Assessment Northern Saskatchewan as well as by recommendation of Sask Water Corporation. The Town is currently in the process of adding emergency generators to several of its sewage pumping stations and is undertaking structural upgrades to the Sewage Treatment Plant on the recommendation of Saskatchewan Water Security Association and SaskWater.

v  Sask Water Corporation has been contracted by the Lac La Ronge Regional Water Authority to provide operation and maintenance procedures and are required to provide a list of capital improvements required for following years.

Indicate the sources of funding for waterworks capital infrastructure projects

v  Federal and Provincial Grants

v  Municipal Resources

ANNUAL FINANCIAL OVERVIEW

Total Waterworks Revenues (as reported in the 2015 Audited Financial Statements) (R)

v  $ 928,505

 

Total Waterworks expenditures (as reported in the 2015 Audited Financial Statements) (E)

v  $ 1,199,484

 

Total Debt Payments on waterworks infrastructure loans (D)

v  Debenture Payment: $ (0)

 

Comparison of waterworks revenues to expenditures plus debt payments, expressed as a ratio

       $  928,505                   =  77 %     

       $ 1,199,484

                                                            

If needed an explanation of the ratio

 

Amount of waterworks revenues transferred out of the utility, specifying where the revenues were transferred.

Amount of supplementary funding transferred to the waterworks to cover expenditures, specifying the source of the supplementary funding

Balance of water costs were covered by tax revenues and other municipal fees and charges

 

RESERVES (2015 Audited Financial Statement)

Indicate reserves available for waterworks capital infrastructure

v  Industrial Park Water and Sewer:                                       $ 78,496.00

v  Water and Sewer Capital:                                                $ 1,345,848.00

v  Transformers:                                                                         $ 2,000.00

v  Water Corporation:                                                             $ 397,808.00

 

ATTACHMENTS / NOTES

v  Revenues from water sales in the community have increased slightly from 2014 to 2015 due to additional service connections resulting from housing developments.  The Lac La Ronge Regional Water Corporation provides treated potable water to the community of La Ronge but the Town of La Ronge is still responsible for the maintenance and operation of the community distribution system.  Council reviewed the water rate bylaw in 2014 and implemented a multi-year plan to more closely mirror the actual costs of operations.

ANNUAL INFORMATION TO BE PROVIDED DIRETLY TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH NEWSPAPERS, DIRECT MAILOUTS OR WEBSITES BY SEPTEMBER 1 OF EACH YEAR

As above under annual financial overview:

  • Total waterworks revenues (R)
  • Total waterworks expenditures (E)
  • Total debt payments on waterworks infrastructure loans (D); and
  • Comparison of waterworks revenues to expenditures plus debt payment, expressed as a ratio, and any explanation of the ratio that may be needed.

A list of the waterworks information that is available at the municipal office.



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