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Understanding Utility Rates & Calculations


Your utility charges pay for:

  • Water consumption
  • City sewer and drainage maintenance
  • Long term Infrastructure replacement for water and sewer drainage
  • Metro Vancouver water distribution
  • Waste collection

Utility rates have been set to deliver current services and provide sufficient funding for the long term financial planning goals of sustainable and long term infrastructure management.

Annual Water and Sewer Rates

Annual utility charges for water and sewer service are from January 1 to December 31 for the calendar year. The amount is based on a flat rate due April 2 each year. A 5% penalty is charged on outstanding balances after April 2, and another 5% penalty is added on outstanding balances after July 2. If the April 2 or July 2 due date falls on a holiday or weekend, annual utilities are due the following business day.

Annual Flat Rates for Single-Family Dwelling

Account Type  2017  2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Water $839 $810  $779 $738 $677 $651 $637
Sewer $634 $600  $580  $539 $483 $439 $428
 Total $1473 $1410    $1359    $1277   $1160   $1090    $1065 

Annual Flat Rates for Secondary Suite

Secondary suite annual utility rates are charged in addition to the single family dwelling rate for water and sewer.

Account Type  2017  2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Water $332 $322  $287 $281 $269 $264 $254
Sewer $580 $580  $580  $539 $483 $439 $428
 Total $912 $902    $867    $820   $752   $703    $682 

Annual Flat Rates for Multi-Family Residential (Strata)

Account Type  2017  2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Water $332 $322  $287 $281 $269 $264 $254
Sewer $218 $206  $181  $177 $177 $177 $177
 Total $550  $528     $468    $458   $446   $441    $431 

Surrey's Volunteer Water Meter Program

Single family home owners can take charge of water and sewer bills by installing a free water meter  and pay for what you use. Request to receive your free water meter and learn about the water meter installation process.


Metered Water and Sewer Rates

Metered utility bills for water and sewer services are mailed every 4 months. This bill includes a fixed charge based on the size of the water meter known as a base charge and a variable component representing actual consumption. Unpaid balances after the due date are subject to a 5% penalty.

Metered Utility Rates for Residential and Commercial Properties

Account Type  2017  2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Water $0.9660 $0.93  $0.8950  $0.8708  $0.8224  $0.8150  $0.7750
Sewer * $0.9899 $0.9371  $0.90625  $0.8688  $0.8086  $0.7575 $0.7175

* Sewer volume is based on 80% of the total amount of water supplied by the City to the Property.

Water Meter Base Charge

       

 Rate per year

Size in mm

Size in inches

 2017  2016 

  2015

2014 

 2013  

2012  

 2011 

16 to 19 mm

3/4"

$66 $66

$63

 $63

$63

$60

 $60

25 mm

1"

$81 $81

$78

$78

$78

$75

$75

38 mm

1.5"

$102  $102

$99

 $99

 $99

 $93

$93

50 mm

2"

$135  $135

$129

 $129

 $129

 $123

 $123

75 mm

3"

$267  $267

$258

 $258

$258

 $246

 $246

100 mm

 4"

$309 $309

$300

$300

$300

 $288

 $288

150 mm

6"

$585  $585

$570

 $570

$570

$543

 $543

200 mm

8"

$684  $684

$669

 $669

$669

$639

 $639

250 mm

10" $684 $684          

*Billing periods are every four months (tri-annually).  The water meter base rate is divided equally between the three bills.


How We Calculate Your Metered Utility Charges

Water

To calculate your water charge we take your water consumption in cubic metres and multiply it by the water rate.

consumption x water rate = water charge

Sewer

Your sewer charge is based on 80% of your water consumption in cubic metres. To calculate your charge we take 80% of water consumption, and multiply it by the sewer rate. Many years ago, it was determined that the average sewage flow in Metro Vancouver municipalities is around 80% of the water consumption.  However, recent monitoring has shown that the figure for Surrey is closer to 90%. City of Surrey is currently maintaining the calculation at 80%.

Water consumption x 80% x sewer rate = sewer charge

Meter Base

Your base charge pays for meter readings, administration, routine maintenance and replacement of the meter at the end of its life cycle. This fee varies, depending on the size of the meter.

Annual meter base charge / 3 = meter base charge


Annual Waste Collection Rates

Waste collection service charges are from January 1 to December 31 for the calendar year.  The amount is based on a flat rate, collected with property taxes, due July 2 each year.

    2017  2016   2015 2014 2013  2012  2011
 Single Family Dwelling Garbage/Recycling/Organics $287 $283  $283  $283  $281  $281  $266
 Secondary Suite Garbage/Recycling/Organics $144 $142  $142  $142  $141  $141  $133
 Apartment/Townhouse Garbage/Recycling/Organics (using City services) $287 $283  $283  $283  $281  $281  $266
 Apartment/Townhouse Recycling/Organics - New! $35  $35  $35        
 Apartment/Townhouse Recycling $25  $25  $25  $25 $20 $20 $19


Drainage Parcel Tax

Drainage parcel tax charges are from January 1 to December 31 for the calendar year.  The amount is based on a flat rate, depending on the property type, collected with property taxes, due July 2 each year.

  2017 2016 2015 2014
Class 1, 8, or 9 Drainage $221 $216 $213 $201
Class 2, 4, 5, or 6 Drainage $359 $309 $259 $224


Secondary suite charges

Secondary suites are defined as a second dwelling unit, located within the structure of an owner-occupied single-family dwelling.

If there is no secondary suite at your property, call the Secondary Suite Clerk at 604-591-4516 to arrange for an inspection of your home to confirm the secondary suite has been removed. Failure to do so will indicate to us that you have a secondary suite and your property will be assessed the additional utility levy for the current tax year.

All properties paying for secondary suite garbage charge will be permitted to upsize to a 360L garbage cart. Garbage charges will be included on the annual property tax notice.

If you exceed your garbage cart limit, purchase garbage stickers for $5.50 from various City locations.

Learn more secondary suite program information, including fees, regulations and contacts.