Martensville City Council issued a public notice, notifying the community of a increase to the water consumption rate. “This increase is the direct result of SaskWater’s rate increase to municipalities in 2017 & 2018,” City of Martensville Director of Corporate Services Leah Sullivan explained.
These increases were first announced by SaskWater in January of 2017, with the rate adjustments effective May 2017 and May 2018. This increase was based off of an increase of 9.5% for 2017 and a 9.25% increase for 2018 by the City of Saskatoon, who SaskWater buys potable water from directly. SaskWater then supplies the service to municipal customers, who then distribute the water to their residents. Each individual community then has the opportunity to determine how they will pass the cost on to their residents. Sullivan added that SaskWater “estimated that the average impact on individual residents would be an increase of approximately $7.53 per month in 2018.”
“Due to the significance of the SaskWater increase, the City of Martensville maintained our increase at 9.25% to residents and did not add any additional increase for operating costs in 2018,” said Sullivan. This topic will be discussed during the May 1, 2018 City Council meeting at 5pm in Council Chambers, located within City Hall at 37 Centennial Drive South.