Utilities Officer: Leon Janssen
Water and Sewer Services
Water and sewer services are provided to residents of the hamlets of Guy and Jean Cote. The Smoky River Water Coop has supplied water to the two hamlets since November 2000. Residents of the M.D. that do not reside in the hamlets are encouraged to contact the Water Coop if they have any questions or are interested in signing up for services.
Smoky River Water Coop
Gerry Noel, Chair
Richard Veraart, Vice
Rita Maure, Sec-Tres
Claude Sirois, Director
Gilbert Valiquette, Director
Marcus Sheane, Director
Yvon Aubin, Director
Tracy Prellwitz, Director
Andre Trudeau, Director
$5.15 per cubic metre
Sewer Flat rate: $25.00/billing
Distribution Maintenance Flat rate: $30.00/billing
Interest on unpaid accounts: 1.5% per month
*The above rates are bi-monthly rates.
Please refer to Bylaw Fee Schedule for more information on various rates and penalties charged to users of the services.
Treated and Raw Water
Truck Fill Water Rates
Treated Water: $5.65 per cubic meter
Raw Water: $3.00 per cubic meter
Treated and raw water is also available directly from the water treatment facilities located in the hamlets at the following rates:
One loonie or token would purchase approximately 75 gallons of treated water or 133 gallons of raw water.
Tokens may be purchased at the M.D. office. A receipt can be issued for these purchases.
A bulk water account can also be set up at the M.D. office by signing an agreement and getting a pin & access number. Invoices are sent out bimonthly.
Alberta Health Services wished to inform all potable water cistern users of the following regulations:
Property Owner – As a property owner and if you are renting/leasing a residential property that uses a water cistern as a potable water supply, you must ensure that the service provider (water hauler) that delivers potable water to your rental property has the tank inspected and certified for hauling potable water. Contact Alberta Health Services for more information.
Residential Owner – As a residential owner you should ensure that the tank you haul water with for use in your residence is disinfected regularly using sodium hypochlorite (liquid bleach 4%). You can also regularly add a couple tablespoons of bleach to your potable water supply to help maintain a chlorine residual.
9 Common Mistakes That Are Running Up Your Water Bill
Water is becoming more expensive. So, it’s important to make sure you’re not flushing your hard-earned cash down the drain through poor conservation practices.
What follows are some of the biggest mistakes that can increase your water bill.
1. Not using low-flow showerheads
If you have an older showerhead, you may be using as many as 10 gallons of water per minute each time you shower, according to the Arizona-based campaign Water — Use It Wisely. In contrast, newer, low-flow showerheads use about 2 gallons per minute.
Due to newer technologies used in low-flow showerheads, you won’t notice a difference in the water pressure or flow, the campaign says. Yet you could save hundreds of gallons weekly, just by installing a new showerhead.
So, the purchase of a new showerhead could quickly pay for itself.
2. Not using low-flow faucet aerators
An aerator is the component at the tip of a faucet. It often screws onto the faucet. Low-flow aerators save water by limiting the flow of water through the faucet, so they also save money.
The federal agency also advises taking your current aerator to the store when you buy a new one so you can be sure the new one will fit on your existing faucet.
3. Pre-rinsing your dishes
Most modern dishwashers work well enough to make pre-rinsing an unnecessary step. Simply scrape leftovers into the trash or a compost bucket and put your dishes directly into the dishwasher.
If you feel you need to rinse dishes more thoroughly before putting them in the dishwasher, do it in a bowl, tub or sink to limit water use. You can follow the same steps when you wash dishes by hand.
4. Using a garbage disposal
An easy way to conserve water is to stop using your garbage disposal. Garbage disposals don’t work well unless you leave your faucet on when the disposal is running. So, you’ll save money if you simply scrape the food off your dishes and into the trash or compost.
5. Running partial dishwasher loads
You’ll save water and thus money if wait until your dishwasher is full before you run it.
Running only full loads also means you will use your dishwasher less often, and that will save energy as well.
Before you hit the start button, choose the wash setting that will use the least amount of water necessary to get the dishes clean. If you remove all of the food from your dishes before you load them, you likely will be able to use settings for a light load.
6. Treating your toilet like a wastebasket
Many people flush items like used tissues down the toilet. The problem is that even with modern, low-flush toilets, you’re wasting as much as 1.6 gallons with every flush.
If your toilet is older, you could be wasting as many as 6 gallons each time you push the lever.
7. Not using rain barrels
A great way to offset your water bill is to collect rainwater in a rain barrel for later use, such as in your garden.
You can buy rain barrels online or at home improvement stores.
8. Using sprinklers improperly
If you fail to use lawn and garden sprinklers properly, you could be wasting water. An unmonitored sprinkler may be sending your water into the street and down storm drains.
It’s also important make sure your sprinklers run at optimal times. Popular Mechanics suggests watering in the morning when the air is cooler and there’s less wind, which means the water won’t evaporate as quickly as it would during the afternoon. Watering at night can encourage lawn diseases.
9. Overwatering your lawn
Grass needs less water than you might think. Although water is the most important factor in the survival of grass, too much water will damage turf, reports the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.
The Water — Use It Wisely campaign recommends watering grass only when it is stressed from lack of water. To determine when this happens, stand on the grass. If this leaves distinct footprints in the grass or the grass doesn’t spring back, your lawn needs water.