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Town of Asquith
Box 160
535 Main Street
Asquith, SK
S0K 0J0
 
Phone:  (306)329-4341  
Fax: (306)329-4969 
 

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ANNUAL WATERWORKS INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT THE MUNICIPAL OFFICE BY SEPTEMBER 1 OF EACH YEAR

(As required under The Municipalities Regulations)

Name of Municipality: Town of Asquith

Date: August 16, 2017

WATERWORKS RATE POLICY

On January 20, 2016, Council passed a bylaw for waterworks rates.

Under the waterworks rate bylaw, the rate of $9.50 per 1000 gallons of water usage was instituted, as adopted under the water bylaw dated January 20, 2016. Council will continue to work towards water works revenues that cover waterworks operating costs. Council will closely monitor waterworks expenditures.

At the end of 2016, Council will review the waterworks policy to work towards waterworks revenues that cover waterworks operating costs.

By planning the waterworks rate increases ahead of time, residents and businesses will be able to prepare for and adjust to the increases. Bylaws will be passed each year for the water rate changes.

 

The rate of $9.50 per 1000 gallons of water usage that was established on January 20, 2016 and was chosen to be an acceptable rate for residents and businesses at that time. The per gallons of water usage water rate does not generate enough waterworks revenues to cover the waterworks operating costs. The rate covers 100% of the waterworks operating costs. Waterworks operating costs, or expenditures, include waterworks’ staff salaries, benefits and training; power; telephone; fuel; heat; insurance; chemicals; repairs; maintenance; supplies; etc.

The $9.50 per thousand gallons used provides the planned per gallons of water usage water rate increases of approximately 10% per year. To demonstrate the impact on residents and businesses, below are estimated monthly charges that reflect the rate increases, which are based on average household consuming 3000 gallons of water each month.

 

Date

Rate Per 1000 Gallons

Estimated Monthly Charge

(based on 3000 gallons)

January 1, 2012

$7.50

$22.50

January 1, 2013

$8.00

$24.00

January 1, 2014

$8.50

$25.50

January 1, 2015

$8.50

$25.50

January 1, 2016

$9.50

$28.50

(Describe the objectives of the waterworks rate policy)

The objective of the waterworks rate policy is to work towards waterworks that are self-financing, where the users pay for the cost of the service. To accomplish this, waterworks rates need to increase over time so that the revenues cover operating costs, to the extent possible. At the end of 2017, Council will review its waterworks policy to determine if revenues are covering costs.

This waterworks rate policy will work towards financially independent waterworks that do not have to compete with other key municipal financial demands under the municipal general fund. This will ensure our waterworks can provide safe drinking water. Also, rates that cover costs will influence consumer demand and water conservation, and self-financing waterworks from the general revenue fund will be reflected in the future mill rates.

WATERWORKS CAPITAL INVESTMENT STRATEGY

On July 9, 2007, Council passed a resolution on a capital investment strategy.

 

The objective of the waterworks capital investment strategy was to address anticipated waterworks infrastructure maintenance, the immediate drinking water infrastructure Problems and future infrastructure replacements in a timely fashion so as to ensure the municipal waterworks provides safe drinking water to residents and businesses. The strategy used the 2004 waterworks system assessment that was required by Saskatchewan Environment for infrastructure planning.

To cover the costs of a new water plant and distribution well, Council undertook a combination of increasing water rates and an infrastructure charge to cover the costs of waterworks operating costs and the long term borrowing that was necessary for the construction of the water plant.

This capital investment strategy will ensure that safe drinking water can be provided to the residents and businesses in the community in the present and future.

Capital plans have been established to address the water works infrastructure deficiencies and replacements as identified and prioritized in the 2015 waterworks assessment to ensure safe drinking water. The current waterworks capital plans and planned sources of funding are as follows:

Project Planned Year of Completion 2010 Cost Future Cost* Source of Funding

WaterMain/Sewer Trunk 2010/11 660,000 719,400 Operating,Grants

Water Plant and

New Well 2010-11 1,965,000 2,138,000 Operating, Reserves,

Borrowing

Lift Station 2017 1,500,000 1,545,000 Grants, Borrowing

 

*Assuming a 3% rate of inflation per year. Future cost of the lift station is based upon actual tender.

For future waterworks capital plans, projects will be prioritized based on what is needed to ensure safe drinking water.

ANNUAL FINANCIAL OVERVIEW (of the previous calendar year)

Total 2016 waterworks revenues (as reported in the Financial Statements) (R) - $198,940

Total 2016 waterworks expenditures (as reported in the Financial Statements)(includes interest paid on waterworks infrastructure loans) (E) - $255,132

Total debt payments on waterworks infrastructure loans (D) – $70,056

Comparison of waterworks revenues to expenditures plus debt payments, expressed as a ratio –

(198,940) = .61

(255,132)+(70,056) 1

For 2016, waterworks revenues covered 61% of the waterworks operating expenditures because of an extraordinary amount of water lines breaks over the winter.

Amount of 2016 waterworks revenues transferred out of the utility, specifying where the revenues were transferred - $0.

Amount of 2016 supplementary funding required to cover expenditures, specifying the source of the supplementary funding – $126,248 – General Revenue

RESERVES

There are currently no reserves available for waterworks capital infrastructure - $0

ATTACHMENTS

  • Available for a cost of $50.00 is the 2015 waterworks system assessment, as required under section 35 of The Water Regulations, 2002.

There are no agreements for waterworks services.

 

The community of Asquith wants YOU !  Our community has a lot to offer potential new citizens and we are very excited about offering an ideal situation for someone who is looking to build a new residence or a new business.  Asquith is a small but vibrant community that is close enough to the City of Saskatoon to offer its amenities, but far enough away to offer the joys of a small town community and small town living.  Our tree-lined streets and friendly faces will welcome you to our community ! For information about special opportunities (Residential and Business) Click Here

 
2016 Summarized Town Financial Statement (PDF) Click Here
 
2015 Summarized Town Financial Statement (PDF) Click Here

Asquith is located 33 kilometers west of the City of Saskatoon on Highway #14. The drive to the outskirts of Saskatoon takes an average of 20 minutes. The population of the Town of Asquith at last census was 603.

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TOWN OF ASQUITH & DISTRICT  
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS  
 
Organization Meeting Time Contact Phone  
Asquith Town Council 2nd Wed 7:00 p.m. Holly Cross, C.A.O. 306-329-4341  
Recreation Committee 3 times a year Gail Erhart 306-361-4373  
L.A.S. Community Council 1st Tues 6:30 p.m. Jayme Shaw 306-329-4616  
Asquith Housing Authority Crystal Haugrud 306-329-4781  
Masons 3rd Tues 7:30 p.m.  
Legion 2nd Tues 8:00 p.m. Tom Morrison 306-329-4249  
Prairie Sky Horse Club Nichole Beausoliel 306-717-8863  
Elks Club 2nd Tues 8:30 p.m. Greg Lahti 306-270-8579  
First Responders Diane Haugrud 306-329-4976  
Home Care Helena Peters 306-329-4469  
Asquith Town Market Last Sat of Summer Months Leeanne Omit 306-220-5101  
Catherwood Beef/Sheep 4H Donna Asher  
Catherwood Multiple 4H Annaleigh Fischer 306-237-4377  
Minor Hockey Kevin Rousell 306-329-4660  
Asquith Rink Board Andrea Ganchar 306-329-4770  
Minor Ball Jason HItchings 306-229-1189  
Gymnastics Dana Grasby 306-329-4963  
Fencing Club Doug Brecht 306-227-5240  
Soccer Club Spring/Fall Brandi Magnus 306-491-0102  
Baptist Church * Sun - 11:00 a.m. Pastor Joshua Goetz 306-329-4351  
   * Sunday School  
   *Kids Club (Gr K - Gr. 2)  
   *Girls Club (Gr. 3 - Gr. 6)  
   *Boys Club (Gr. 3- Gr. 6)  
   *Jr. High Youth Group  
   *Sr. High Youth Group  
United Church Sun- 9:30 a.m. Darlene Warren 306-329-4664  
Catholic Church Louise Brecht 306-220-4725  
Baha'I Faith Susan Pezderic 306-329-4681  
Seniors Center (BLRA) 2nd Tues 1:30 p.m. Arlene Cattell 306-329-4480  

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