Port residents get a break on water

  • Jun. 9, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Port Clements residents will be getting a break on their next water bill. The village council voted June 7 to reduce the monthly $19 bill by 25 percent for the months of April and May, to reflect the inconvenience of an ongoing boil water advisory. The reduction comes to $9.50 per household, and will cost the village $2,250 in total. Administrator Heather Nelson-Smith said the reduction would be applied to the next quarterly water bill, which goes out in August. A couple of residents told council last month that they shouldn’t have to pay the full water charges when the boil water advisory means they have to either buy bottled water for drinking or incur higher hydro bills to boil the water. However, a report from village staff noted that overall water use has not declined as a result of the boil advisory, which was issued March 22 after routine tests showed small amounts of total coliforms in the system. Residents can still use unboiled water for the most activities like laundry, showers, garden watering and toilet flushing. The boil water advisory continues, and mayor Cory Delves said council might consider another bill reduction in the future.