NS Utility and Review Board - Notice of Public Hearing

Posted by Michelle Young on 27 May 2021

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THE TOWN OF PICTOU, on behalf of its WATER UTILITY has applied for approval of amendments to its Schedule of Rates and Charges for Water and Water Services and amendments to its Schedule of Rules and Regulations

This matter will be considered in a public hearing as follows:
Hearing starts:                 Tuesday, July 6, 2021
                                       10:30 a.m.
                                       Town of Pictou Council Chambers
                                       71 Front Street
                                       Pictou, Nova Scotia

Depending on the circumstances related to COVID-19, this public hearing may be held by GoToWebinar video conferencing.

Board Hearings are open to the public and you may participate as follows:

  • You may speak at the hearing. You must notify the Board by Friday, June 25, 2021. 
  • You may make written comments by sending a letter to the Clerk of the Board at P.O. Box 1692, Unit “M”, Halifax, NS B3J 3S3, or by email at:  board@novascotia.ca, or by fax at (902) 424-3919 by Friday, June 25, 2021. 
  • You may request formal standing as an Intervener, subject to Board approval. This will allow you to present evidence or cross-examine witnesses. Your request must be received by the Board by Monday, March 29, 2021 and a copy of your written evidence by Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

Additional information about the matter is as follows:

For the unmetered rate, the current quarterly water bill is $174.86, and it is proposed to increase to $189.32 (an 8.3% increase) in 2021/22; $199.47 (a 5.4% increase) in 2022/23; and $208.64 (a 4.6% increase) in 2023/24. 

For a 5/8 meter, residential customer, the average current quarterly water bill is $125.87, and it is proposed to increase to $135.0 (a 7.3% increase) in 2021/22; $141.50 (a 4.8% increase) in 2022/23; and $146.55 (a 3.6% increase) in 2023/24.

The Utility is also requesting increases for other metered services ranging from 4.9% to 8.3% in 2021/22; 3.4% to 5.5% in 2022/23; and 2.7% to 4.8% in 2020/21.

The annual fire protection charge paid by the Town, currently $262,369, is proposed to be increase to $277,477 (a 5.8% increase) in 2021/22; $303,194 (an 9.3% increase) in 2022/23; and $326,844 (a 7.8% increase) in 2023/24.

Upon reviewing theApplication, the Board, in its Decision, may determine that the proposed amendments should be as requested, higher, or lower.

A copy of the Application and any timetable applying to this matter may be viewed on the Board’s website at https://nsuarb.novascotia.ca/, by clicking on "Matters & Evidence", and in the "Go To Files and Documents”, enter Matter No. M10017.