Water/Sewer Utility Rate Application
Issued: January 2020
In accordance with Sections 9 and 15 of the Water and Sewerage Act, utilities are required to submit written proposals to the Commission for any rate changes. Following is a list of suggested items to include when preparing a rate submission:
- General background information on the Utility (i.e. year established, description of system, current number of customers), and the overall reason(s) for the request for a rate change;
- A description of any proposed capital projects or significant expenditures
anticipated in the next few years (i.e. main extensions/extensions or equipment purchases);
- Information on projected depreciation expenses for any future capital costs (i.e. Utility’s NET amount, depreciation rate and depreciation amount). Any projected depreciation amounts to be included in the statement of revenues and expenditures prepared under #5 below;
- Information on any projected long-term debt (i.e. loan amounts, terms, interest rates and interest amounts). Any projected interest amounts to be included in the statement of revenues and expenditures prepared under #5 below;
- Statement of revenue and expenditures providing the two most current years of actual data and at least two years of forecasted data. Two versions of the statement should be prepared – one statement should show the impact with no increased revenues; and the other one should indicate the impact with increased revenues based on the proposed rate changes. Expenditures should reflect any additional anticipated costs*;
- Comments on any revenue and expenditure accounts that have increased or decreased substantially, including a brief explanation of why they’ve changed;
- A breakdown of the Utility’s customers, including the type and number of
customers and the proportionate units billed (customer names not to be
- The forecast number of new customers expected to be billed over the next 2-3 years (both the number of customers and the number of proportionate units to be shown);
- The proposed amortization period to recover any accumulated deficit;
- The Utility’s current rate, the proposed rate and the proposed effective date;
- Information on any prior communication by the Utility to its ratepayers on the proposed rate changes;
- Any other information relevant to the rate filing;
In addition, the following documents must be provided:
- Minutes from the Utility Board of Directors giving authorization to prepare the rate application;
- A copy of the Utility’s Bylaw, created pursuant to either Section 38.1 of the former Municipalities Act or Sections 180 and 183 of the Municipal Government Act; and
- A copy of the Utility’s most recent audited financial statements.
Filings can be submitted by mail or electronically and will be published on the Commission’s website.
Questions should be directed to Heather Walker or Allison MacEwen at 902-892-3501 (toll free: 1-800-501-6268) or firstname.lastname@example.org.