Safe Drinking Water for a Healthy Community

Safe drinking water, effective wastewater collection and stormwater management are cornerstones of a sustainable and healthy community. On Feb. 16, the City of Vaughan reaffirmed its commitment to the health and wellness of residents by approving the 2016 Water and Wastewater/Stormwater Budget.

This will ensure the City is able to provide sustainable water services, maintain current infrastructure, such as water pipes, and save for future infrastructure needs.

What’s in the budget?

Included in the budget is a rate increase of $0.3331 per cubic metre. That means the average ratepayer that uses 267 cubic metres will pay an additional $88.94 annually or $7.41 per month.

The rate increase will allow the City to:

  • support the health of residents by providing safe drinking water
  • be environmentally responsible with effective wastewater collection
  • mitigate flooding and protect the environment with efficient stormwater management

 What do water rates pay for?

The water and wastewater/stormwater rates support operating and maintenance activities, including regulatory compliance and the purchase of water and wastewater treatment services from the Region of York.

Where does Vaughan get its water?

The water consumed in Vaughan is taken from Lake Ontario and treated by the City of Toronto and the Region of Peel. It is then stored and supplied by the Region of York. A portion of Kleinburg gets water from a well, which is operated by the Region.

Toronto water infograhphic
Peel and Toronto water treatment infographic

 A lot of hard work has gone into creating this budget, which allows the City to focus its resources to support the community now and plan for the future

For more information, visit the Water and Wastewater – Financial Services department webpage or call 905-832-2281.


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