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Water rates to rise 27%

Nova Scotia’s Utility and Review Board has rejected Halifax Regional Water Commission’s request to hike water rates by approximately 40 per cent.

Nova Scotia’s Utility and Review Board has rejected Halifax Regional Water Commission’s request to hike water rates by approximately 40 per cent.

But starting Jan. 1, residential customers will still be paying 27 per cent more at their taps. Industrial and commercial users will see a slightly smaller increase of 19 per cent.

The water commission said an increase was necessary to upgrade the city’s aging sewer infrastructure.

Board members were not happy with the utility’s handling of its application, however — taking issue what they call “poor quality of evidence” provided by HRWC.

The UARB warned in its report released Friday a future application with “similar deficiencies” will be rejected outright.

 
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