Water & Sewer Rates
Virtually all properties in the District have water meters. Water is measured in “units”; one unit is equal to 623 gallons or 2,832 litres. The rates approved by Municipal Council for 2016 are $2.4026 per unit in addition to a basic charge of $177.06 per year ($0.4851 per day).
These rates apply to all properties except those that have more than two apartments. For those with more than two apartments, the basic charge is $88.53 per year ($0.2425 per day) multiplied by the number of apartments; the consumption charge remains the same.
When there is a change in ownership or occupancy and a special meter reading is requested, a charge of $30.00 will be added to the next utility bill.
The sewer charges on the utility bill are used to recover a portion of the municipal costs to run the sewer system and a portion of the Capital Regional District’s (CRD) sewer debt cost and sewer treatment plant operating cost. The CRD sewer debt costs are for debt incurred after 2006 for sewer work relating to Oak Bay. The 2016 municipal sewer user rate is $1.3522 per unit of water used and the CRD sewer user rate is $2.8161 per unit.
These rates are applied to 100% of the water used by properties that are not residential, have mixed use, or have two water meters. In the last case, there are no sewer charges for the water that is used through the garden meter. For all other residential properties, the charges are calculated on 60% of the water consumed.