Waterloo Region to pay $10 million in water bill after snowstorm
Waterloo Region will pay $9.5 million in a snowstorm bill after the region experienced a major storm surge, said Waterloo Region Hydro.
The bill includes a $1 million snow removal levy, said the Waterloo Regional Municipality.
The levy is in addition to the $3.2 million water bill the province levied to cover the costs of the storm surge on the region’s main water supply, said WRI spokesperson Mark Smith.
The water was pumped out of the system on Monday, and is being treated for contamination, said Smith.
“We expect that to go through the pipeline on Monday,” he said.
“It’s going to be a very significant amount of money.
It’s going into a fund that we set up with the City of Waterloo, and we’re trying to collect that from there.”
The city of Waterloo has pledged $6.4 million to help pay for the storm recovery.
Smith said there will be another $6 million coming from the province.
He said the city is still assessing the amount of snow damage, but he expects the city to pay at least some of that.
The storm surge caused flooding in parts of Waterloo and Waterloo Region, Smith said.
The city expects the bill to be paid in 30 days.
Waterloo Mayor Linda Hepner said the province will not reimburse the city of about 2,200 people for the bill.
The region is also dealing with a $3 million water leak in one of its pipelines.
Hepner thanked Waterloo’s water suppliers for the work they did to protect the region during the storm.
She said the region is still working with its customers to resolve their water bills.
“The province has taken a very positive and responsible approach to the emergency and they’re making good progress on the cleanup, and they’ll continue to do that as they work with us on this,” she said.
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Posted by Environment Canada on Tuesday, September 29, 2019 09:08:00 A new study released Tuesday by the agency shows Saskatchewan is facing its worst winter on record and the province is facing the worst winter flooding ever in the province’s history.
The study by the National Weather Service (NWS) and Environment Canada shows a winter storm surge of nearly 4 metres on Tuesday afternoon and has brought severe flooding and a large amount of storm surge to the city and surrounding areas.
The study found that the highest water levels were recorded along the Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon, Sask., and along the border between the city limits and the surrounding areas in Regina.
Saskatchewan has had its worst spring snowfall since 2005, when there were six consecutive weeks of record low snowfall.
Weather scientists predict heavy snowfall is likely on the horizon for parts of the province in the next few days.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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