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Water Conservation Measures in effect May 1 to October 1 ever year.

Under Stage 1 Water Conservation Measures a person must not water lawns, except:

* even-numbered civic addresses, on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 4 am and 9 am and between 7 pm and 10 pm
* odd-numbered civic addresses, on Thursdays and Sundays between 4 am and 9 am and between 7 pm and 10 pm

View full water conservation measures bylaw here.

All properties are metered for water consumption. Meter readings are obtained bi-monthly for the bi-monthly billing cycles.

The utility bill includes a water charge, a sewer charge, which is 60% of the water charge and a scavenger fee. Rates and fees are authorized by bylaw.

Any outstanding amount at December 31st is transferred to the property tax roll, interest on the outstanding amount accrues on a daily basis.

What charges are on my utility bill? 

Water rates are determined by your meter size. See the below chart for current water & sewer rates. 

Variable Charges

Water Actual Use, Sewer Use (60% of water use) 

Water Usage Charge 

Service Type 

Rate per cubic meter 

Business 

$ 1.68 

Residential 

$ 1.68 

Outside City 

$ 1.68 

Bulk (Non Domestic Use)

$ 4.50* 

Raw Water 

$ 1.25  

Fixed, Bi-Monthly Charges 

                                             2015                   2017

Meter Size 

Water Fixed Charge 

Sewer Fixed Charge 

Sewer Fixed Charge

5/8″ 

$ 37.00 

$ 40.00 

$50.00

3/4″ 

$ 53.00 

$ 57.30

$71.62

1″ 

$ 95.00 

$ 102.00

$128.38

1.5″ 

$ 213.00 

$ 230.27 

$287.84

2” 

$ 379.00 

$ 409.73

$512.16

The City’s sewer infrastructure charge will be increasing effective January 1, 2017.  Mayor & Council are committed to ensuring quality sustainable infrastructure is maintained and upgraded in a timely manner.  This increase is the second phase of a two part increase approved in 2015 through Bylaw 4088, to ensure the sewer fund continues to have adequate funding for ongoing improvements.

How do I convert my utility bill? 

All water is billed based on cubic meter 

To convert: 

Cubic meters to gallons – multiply by 220 
Gallons to cubic meters – multiply by .004546 
1 cubic meter = 1,000 Liters 

General Utility Bill Questions & Answers

I’ve purchased a new home, or I’m moving? 
The utility account stays with the address of the property. The Statement of Adjustments you received from your lawyer or notary during the purchase or sale of your home shows the adjustment made to your utility account. Please contact your lawyer if you have any questions about your statement of adjustments. 

I’ve moved or will be moving and need to change my mailing address for my utility bill? If your mailing address is changing, please contact our utility department at (250) 784-3610 or by email at utility_bills@dawsoncreek.ca 

 When can I expect my utility bill? 

The City of Dawson Creek mails utility bills every two months, which is determined by your address and the route you are on. Water meters are read on average every 60 days. 

For further information on your utility account please contact our utility department at: 

(250) 784-3610 or by email: utility_bills@dawsoncreek.ca