For Immediate Release
February 22, 2001
Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4258
NO UTILITY RATE INCREASE IN PEEL'S 2001 BUDGET
(Brampton) - Regional Council's Budget Sub-committee today approved the Water and Wastewater Budget, maintaining the Region of Peel 2001 water and sewer rates at last year's level.
"We are extremely proud of the service we provide. We acknowledge that there is a trust factor. Every minute of every day the Region of Peel must provide safe, clean water to meet the service needs of our customers," said Regional Chair Emil Kolb. "We would like to remind the public that over the past seven years, Peel's utility rates have been decreased by 2.7 percent."
Peel's rapid growth continues to increase demand for water supply and treatment services. "Revenues from system growth off-set operating expenses and allow the Region to maintain rates at 2000 levels. In addition, capital costs are well planned and in accordance with the Region's philosophy of long term funding sustainability from reserves and requiring no debt financing," said Joe Pennachetti, Peel Region's Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance.
Council today approved a $61.1 million operating budget for water. In 2001, $55.9 million will be spent on capital works projects, primarily on improvements and upgrades to the distribution system and the enhancement of Peel's water treatment plants, reservoirs and pumping stations. The 10-year capital forecast for water is $438.1 million.
The Council-approved operating budget for wastewater treatment is $64.3 million. This year's operating budget priorities for wastewater include continuing to enhance Peel's odour control systems and budgeting for increased treatment costs as a result of a contract with the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA). The 2001 capital budget for wastewater is $18.6 million and the 10-year capital forecast for wastewater is $369.2 million.
In Peel, the average homeowner pays $275 in utility rates for water and wastewater services each year.
The Region of Peel operates two wastewater treatment facilities and two water treatment facilities as well as 35 wastewater pump facilities. The Region maintains more than 3,100 kilometers of watermains, 32,755 valves and 22,700 hydrants in order to distribute clean water safely to nearly one million Peel residents every day. The Region also maintains 2,494 kilometers of wastewater collection sewers which contain 34,510 access chambers to allow inline inspection and maintenance.
"The Region exceeds all provincial guidelines set out for water and wastewater," said Mitch Zamojc, the Region of Peel's Commissioner of Public Works. "Both the Region and the OCWA adhere to the ethic of continuous improvement, and should be congratulated for continuing to find new and better ways to provide excellent service while holding down costs, especially in an environment where the population is on the increase."
Regional services include: waste pick-up and disposal, Regional arterial roads, water and wastewater, Peel Health, Ontario Works in Peel, Seniors Services, Children's Services, social housing, GO Transit, Transhelp, the Heritage Complex programs, Regional planning, land ambulance (as of Jan. 1, 2001), 9-1-1 and Emergency Programs, and Peel Regional Police Services.
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