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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 (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 2019
Rate per unit
2018
Rate per unit
2017
Rate per unit
High season
(June 1 – September 30)
$3.917 $3.571 $3.369
Low season
(All remaining months)
$3.125 $2.849 $2.688

Metered sewer rate

Period 2019 2018 2017
Year-round $3.030 $2.729 $2.472

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 2019 2018 2017
17 mm (½") $33 $32 $31
20 mm (¾") $33 $32 $31
25 mm (1") $33 $32 $31
40 mm (1½") $71 $69 $68
50 mm (2") $98 $96 $94
75 mm (3") $220 $215 $211
100 mm (4") $268 $262 $257
150 mm (6") $349 $341 $334
200 mm (8") $540 $528 $518
250 mm (10") $661 $647 $634
300 mm (12") $784 $767 $752

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 2019 2018 2017
100 mm (4") $310 $303 $297
150 mm (6") $453 $443 $434
200 mm (8") $607 $594 $582
250 mm (10") $757 $741 $726
300 mm (12") $903 $884 $867

Metered energy rates

Monthly capacity levy

The levies do not include tax.

Rate class Unit 2019 2018 2017
Class 1: Residential- or mixed-use residential building located inside of Southeast False Creek m² of floor area $0.568 $0.554 $0.540
Class 2: Residential- or mixed-use residential building located outside of Southeast False Creek kW of peak heat energy demand $8.542 $8.326 $8.115
Class 3: Non-residential building kW of peak heat energy demand $8.542 $8.326 $8.115

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 2019 2018 2017
Usage charge kWh $0.051068 $0.049103 $0.047214

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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