Utility bills – what are you paying for? Print Article Font Size
utilities.jpgIt’s the time of year when you may notice your utility bill has arrived and you might be thinking, “Just exactly what am I paying for?”

We hope to shed a little light on this with some facts about water, sewer and waste collection services in Golden.

Water services:

Golden’s water is so good that we don’t have to treat it the way some other centres do! Our water comes from a groundwater aquifer. Aquifers can be natural filters that trap sediment and pathogens to provide natural purification of the ground water flowing through them. In Golden’s case, our water quality is excellent and doesn’t require filtration or chemical treatments to remove contaminants.

•There are five groundwater wells with a combined total pumping capacity of 125 Litres per second.
•There are five reservoirs with a total storage capacity of about 6.96 Mega Litres.
•Water is distributed to the community through about 39 kilometres of water lines.
•Golden’s water is not required to be continuously disinfected, though chlorine is added on occasion when the Public Works team is performing maintenance on the system.
•Our Operations Department works hard to protect our water with a robust and ongoing groundwater protection program.

Sewer services:

•Golden has about 36 kilometres of sewer lines.
•Our collection system has the capacity to process 4251 cubic metres per day of effluent.
•Within the collection system, we have six lift stations and a sewage treatment plant.
•Our treatment facility received some upgrades in 2016 thanks to a grant from the New Building Canada Fund Small Communities Fund. The Town also received a grant through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) to complete the work on our Community Sewer System Improvements project this year. 
•The effluent treatment process includes UV disinfection - ideal for wastewater since it is a chemical free process. Because of our environmentally sound treatment processes, the facility discharges very high quality effluent.
•We consistently meet or exceed permit requirements for effluent that we discharge to the receiving environment.

Curbside garbage collection and recycling services:

•Garbage (green bin) pickup occurs weekly and a Curbside Collection Calendar is included with your annual utility bill.
•This year curbside collection service rates will decrease! For the past five years, garbage pick up rates have been $125 per household per year, while recycling pick up rates have been $52 per year. This year those rates are going down to $92.39 and $24.56 per year, respectively.
•Curbside collection services are paid through your annual utility bill. Due to last year’s rebate for recycling, it may appear that your annual utility bill has gone up, but most residents can expect to see an overall decrease of about 8 per cent. For this, you get weekly garbage and bi-weekly recycling pickup and standardized town-owned bins. Your annual fee also includes an annual contribution to a reserve fund for eventual bin replacements.
•Golden manages its recycling with the Multi Material BC program. MMBC is the organization that holds contracts with many municipalities and Regional Districts to facilitate curbside recycling services, depot services, and transport of accepted materials back to large recycling facilities.
•It’s MMBC, through an approved Ministry of Environment Stewardship Plan that determines what can be recycled, not the Town of Golden. To learn more about MMBC, visit their website at www.multimaterialbc.ca.

Your annual utility bill will be arriving this month in the mail. If you do not receive one, please contact the Town offices at 250-344-2271. Due date for payment is April 3, 2017.