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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 (mid-October through April), 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, and 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 2020
Rate per unit
2019
Rate per unit
2018
Rate per unit
High season
(May 1 – October 15)
$4.297 $3.917 $3.571
Low season
(All remaining months)
$3.428 $3.125 $2.849

 The listed rates per unit reflect the 5% billing discount

High season pricing change

On December 3, 2019, Council approved that the high season pricing for metered water be aligned with the water restriction periods set out by Metro Vancouver from May 1 to October 15 each year.

The high season rates prior to 2020 covered the period of June 1 to September 30.

Metered sewer rate

Period 2020 2019 2018
Year-round $3.362 $3.030 $2.729

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 2020 2019 2018
17 mm (½") $34 $33 $32
20 mm (¾") $34 $33 $32
25 mm (1") $34 $33 $32
40 mm (1½") $73 $71 $69
50 mm (2") $101 $98 $96
75 mm (3") $227 $220 $215
100 mm (4") $276 $268 $262
150 mm (6") $359 $349 $341
200 mm (8") $556 $540 $528
250 mm (10") $681 $661 $647
300 mm (12") $808 $784 $767

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 2020 2019 2018
100 mm (4") $319 $310 $303
150 mm (6") $467 $453 $443
200 mm (8") $625 $607 $594
250 mm (10") $780 $757 $741
300 mm (12") $930 $903 $884

Metered energy rates

These energy rates apply to customers of the False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU).

There are two components to NEU rates:

  • Fixed monthly capacity levy
  • Variable monthly energy usage charge

Rates are reviewed annually by an independent panel of industry experts and approved by Council.

Monthly capacity levy

The levies do not include tax.

Rate class Unit 2020 2019 2018
Class 1: Residential- or mixed-use residential building located inside of Southeast False Creek m² of floor area $0.583 $0.568 $0.554
Class 2: Residential- or mixed-use residential building located outside of Southeast False Creek kW of peak heat energy demand $8.764 $8.542 $8.326
Class 3: Non-residential building kW of peak heat energy demand $8.764 $8.542 $8.326

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 2020 2019 2018
Usage charge kWh $0.053111 $0.051068 $0.049103

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 2005-2018, including:

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

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