Abundant and Reliable!
British Columbia is renowned for its water and power resources. As part of the Metro Vancouver region, Pitt Meadows is able to share this plentiful supply with its business owners and residents.
Water is purchased from Metro Vancouver (formerly the Greater Vancouver Regional District). It is brought to Pitt Meadows from the Coquitlam watershed. Metro Vancouver is responsible for the transportation and quality of the water to the borders of Pitt Meadows, from which point the City takes over. Supplying water from the source to the consumer is a partnership between Metro Vancouver and the City of Pitt Meadows.
Water Service Charges
Water consumption costs are charged to most residential and commercial users based on a flat fee. This fee is charged annually on the property tax notice due June 30 of each year. Large volume water users and most farms are charged for water based on a metered usage. Meter readings and billings are done twice a year for the periods of January to June and July to December.
Natural gas in Pitt Meadows is provided by Fortis BC. Please see Fortis BC’s website for services and costs for residential and business customers.
Electrical service in Pitt Meadows is provided by BC Hydro. Please see BC Hydro’s website for services and costs for residential and business customers.
The City looks after the maintenance of the sewer system, including disposal of waste. The City’s sewage disposal is provided through Metro Vancouver (formerly the Greater Vancouver Regional District). Transportation to that disposal site from the borders of the community is also provided through Metro Vancouver.
The City is only directly responsible for maintenance and construction of sewer lines within its boundaries.
Sewage Service Charges
Sewage costs are charged to most users based on a flat fee. This fee is charged annually based on the property tax notice due June 30 of each year. Properties considered as industrial uses (including ice arenas and golf courses) are charged based on metered water usage. These properties are billed each January for the prior year.
Charges provided by the City for sewer-related services of any kind that remain unpaid on December 31 are deemed to be property taxes in arrears. These charges are in respect of the property to which the service was provided and are recoverable under the provisions of the Local Government Act. They may include tax sale of the related property.
The Metro Vancouver charge makes up about 65 percent of the City’s sewage budget (including reserve contributions). Because other sewage costs are relatively stable from year-to-year, the District’s sewer rates are driven to a large extent by the sewer fees charged by Metro Vancouver.
The primary telecommunications service provider in Pitt Meadows is Telus. Alternate service providers include Shaw and Bell. Please see Telus website for services for residential and business customers.