Metered utility rates for water, sewer, and energy

Seasonal water rate in effect

During the rainy season, when the city’s water supply is at its peak (November through May), residents and commercial businesses will enjoy a low off-peak rate.

During the drier months, when demand on the water system is high, rates will increase by about 25%, to reflect the added cost of supplying water to the city.

This summer surcharge will help us meet our Greenest City 2020 goal of reducing water consumption by 33%, which has two benefits for all Vancouver residents:

  • Reduce the strain on our existing water system, eliminating the need for costly system upgrades that could lead to higher utility rates
  • Help us live within our water means, ensuring that all residents have access to abundant safe, clean water, no matter how much the city grows

Metered water and sewer rates are measured in units

One unit equals:

  • 2,831.6 litres
  • 2.83168466 cubic metres
  • 623 Imperial gallons
  • 100 cubic feet

Metered seasonal water rates

Period 2017
Rate per unit
2016
Rate per unit
2015
Rate per unit
October 1 – May 31 $2.688 $2.584 $2.480
June 1 – September 30 $3.369 $3.239 $3.108

Metered sewer rate

Period 2017 2016 2015
Year-round $2.472 $2.221 $2.021

Meter service charge per billing period

This charge is for the maintenance of the meter that reads your water and sewer consumption.

Size of pipe 2017 2016 2015
17 mm (½") $31.00 $30.00 $29.00
20 mm (¾") $31.00 $30.00 $29.00
25 mm (1") $31.00 $30.00 $29.00
40 mm (1½") $68.00 $67.00 $66.00
50 mm (2") $94.00 $92.00 $90.00
75 mm (3") $211.00 $207.00 $203.00
100 mm (4") $257.00 $252.00 $247.00
150 mm (6") $334.00 $327.00 $321.00
200 mm (8") $518.00 $508.00 $498.00
250 mm (10") $634.00 $622.00 $610.00
300 mm (12") $752.00 $737.00 $723.00

Rates for services with low head loss meters or detector check valves

These rates apply if there is no restriction on the flow of your water for fire protection purposes.

Size of pipe 2017 2016 2015
100 mm (4") $297.00 $291.00 $285.00
150 mm (6") $434.00 $425.00 $417.00
200 mm (8") $582.00 $571.00 $560.00
250 mm (10") $726.00 $712.00 $698.00
300 mm (12") $867.00 $850.00 $833.00

Metered energy rates

Monthly capacity levy

The levies do not include tax.

Rate class Unit 2017 2016 2015
Class 1: Residential- or mixed-use residential building located inside of Southeast False Creek m² of floor area $0.540 $0.526 $0.513
Class 2: Residential- or mixed-use residential building located outside of Southeast False Creek kW of peak heat energy demand $8.115 $7.905 $7.705
Class 3: Non-residential building kW of peak heat energy demand $8.115 $7.905 $7.705

Definitions

  • Residential: Residential uses make up 100% of the building's net floor area.
  • Mixed-use residential: Residential uses make up less than 100% and greater than or equal to 50% of the building's net floor area.
  • Non-residential: Building use is either industrial, commercial, or institutional, and, if residential uses are included, residential uses make up less than 50% of the building's net floor area.

Monthly energy usage charge

The charge does not include tax.

  Unit 2017 2016 2015
Usage charge kWh $0.047214 $0.045398 $0.043652

Learn more about water meters and bills

Water meters

Understand how water meters work and how they help us conserve our drinking water supply.

Water and sewer bill

Having trouble understanding your bill? Find an explanation of your metered utility bill online. See where your due date, amount payable, and, other useful information is on your bill.

Paying your utility bill

The City offers you four ways to pay your utility bill:

  • Online
  • By mail
  • City Hall's mail slot
  • In person

Learn more about the ways to pay your utility bill.

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Download historical rates

Get a spreadsheet with the utility billing rates from 2005-2017, including:

  • Water & sewer meter rates
  • Annual flat fees
  • Solid waste fees
  • NEU rates

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