Each Water and Sewer System faces capacity restrictions and a limited number of available connections. New connection requests are reviewed following the Utilities Extension and Acquisition Policy. As fees are required at time of application. Prior to submitting a formal application for a new connection please review information below.
If you have an existing utility account with the RDEK for a Rent Charges Account, this means the parcel has been pre-approved for a connection to the East Side Lake Windermere Water Service Area. We have the capacity to ensure this parcel can connect to the system. A formal connection application is still required, but only the base connection charge and water meter fees are applicable.
As part of the initial building permit review process, staff will assess if the parcel and building permit application meet water and sewer requirements. Including, if the parcel is within an existing service area as outlined in STEP 1.
When emailing please provide the following information:
Once the Engineering Services Team has received the information above, they will pull property information and confirm next steps. Some of the information that the Engineering Team reviews includes:
The Engineering Team is there to ensure that the new connection request is suitable prior to a formal application being submitted.
If the parcel is not within an existing service area a Petition to join is required before a formal application for a new connection can be submitted. A Service Area Petition requires the:
There are set fees associated with connecting to our water or sewer systems but there may be additional fees based on the specific parcel. Find out more about each type of fee below:
The connection fee is paid at time of application and is based on fees set out in our Water and Sewer Bylaws.
Flat connection fees are the minimum cost of connections. There are two levels of flat connection fees – the base fee is appliable if a curbstop is in place. If a curbstop needs to be installed, the higher base rate applies as and an open work order is signed to agree for payment of costs over and above the higher base rate.
All water systems are metered with the exception of Elko/Moyie – this is a mandatory cost. For residential connections, a water Meter up to ¾" will be supplied at cost to the Owner and shall be installed by a qualified plumber. All installations must be inspected and approved by the RDEK prior to the service being turned on.
Where actual cost of connection exceeds the flat connection fee, the Owner shall pay the actual costs of connection which include labour, materials, and equipment. This fee applies to connection costs that exceed the flat connection fee.
Examples of additional costs include:
The RDEK will hire a contractor to complete the connection with internal qualified operators inspecting the works. The RDEK will request an estimate from the contractor prior to the start of works.
Sometimes a third-party constructs utility infrastructure in order to service a parcel or subdivision that would allow other parcels to connect to a system. Each parcel that can connect will have a latecomer agreement registered with the owner of the utility. The owner of the utility collects the latecomer fee and acts as an intermediary to pay the original developer.
The latecomer fee is the amount each parcel would pay if the utility infrastructure was split by all parcels at time of construction.
When a new connection is added to a system where the connection adds a demand that was not planned as part of the original system design a capital infrastructure fee/upgrade fee maybe applied. Demand is defined as the water or wastewater generated from a single-family dwelling or equivalent. Utility systems are designed based on a number of single-family dwellings or equivalents they service.
Last edited: Fri, January 26, 2024 - 5:11:25