Utilities

The City of Vernon takes care of providing residents and businesses with water, sewer, garbage collection and recycling. Some of these services are provided solely by the City, and others are provided by the Regional District of North Okanagan with the City of Vernon’s involvement.

Where utilized, electricity is provided by BC Hydro in the City of Vernon, while natural gas is provided by FortisBC.

The provision of utilities by the City and corresponding rates for these utilities are governed by bylaws approved by council.

Residential (Single & Multi-Family) Rates
Water

There is a Water Base Fee of $101.80 per quarter. Consumption charges per cubic meter (in addition to the Base Fee) are also included as follows:

LevelsConsumption (m3)Rate ($/m3)
Tier A0 - 10$0.51
Tier B11 - 20$1.07
Tier C21 - 40$1.22
Tier D41 - 80$1.53
Tier EOver 80$2.19
  • Unmetered fee (where metering is NOT possible as determined by GVW) a flat rate of $200.00 per quarter is added to the Base Fee.

  • Unmetered fee (where metering IS possible) a flat rate per quarter is added to the Base Fee as follows:

    • Initial and first full quarter after written warning $300.00

    • Second and third quarters $500.00

    • Fourth quarter $1,000.00

    • After one year and beyond $2,000.00

Sewer

Sewer base fee of $50.20 per quarter, per residence, includes 20 cubic meters.

Metered services

  • Metered sewer at $2.45 per cubic meter, over 20 cubic meters:
  • Based on January, February, March water usage, and
  • Fee is re-calculated the first quarter each year and remains the same through the fourth quarter billing.

Unmetered Sewer

  • Lower flat rate sewer of  $72.23 per quarter as per schedule; in addition to the Sewer Base Fee. For customers that do not have a meter or did not have a January, February, March meter read.
  • High flat rate sewer of $144.46 per quarter as per schedule.
Garbage
  • $27.36 per quarter
  • Weekly pickup,  two (2) receptacles or parcels
Yard Recycling
  • $4.04 per quarter
Commercial Rates
Water

All consumption of water for commercial customers is billed at $1.53 per cubic meter. There is also a Base Fee of $101.80 per quarter, and a minimum fee based on the size of meter:

Fee

Meter Size

Meter Size

$38.00

16mm + smaller

5/8”

$57.00

17 – 21 mm

3/4”

$84.00

22 – 26 mm

1”

$208.00

27 – 39 mm

1-1/2"

$239.00

40 – 55 mm

2”

$770.00

56 – 80 mm

3”

$1,100.00

81 – 110 mm

4”

$1,440.00

111 – 160 mm

6”

$2,000.00

Over 160 mm

8”

  • Irrigation water fees are $1.53 per cubic meter
  • Unmetered fee (where metering is NOT possible as determined by GVW) a flat rate of $300.00 per quarter is added to the Base Fee.
  • Unmetered fee (where metering IS possible) a flat rate per quarter is added to the Base Fee as follows:
    • Initial and first full quarter after written warning $300.00
    • Second and subsequent quarters $500.00
    • Fourth quarter $1,000.00
    • After one year and beyond $2,000.00
Sewer
  • Sewer base charge $52.07 per quarter for metered services
  • 80% of the consumption at $2.54 per cubic meter without a separate irrigation meter, or
  • 100% of the consumption at $2.54 per cubic meter with a separate irrigation meter
  • Non-metered where metering is possible
    • Low sewer flat rate of $128.10 per quarter as per schedule
    • High sewer flat rate of $256.20 per quarter as per schedule
Garbage
  • 104.80 per quarter
  • Weekly pick up, 7 bags
Recycling
  • $36.45 per quarter
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday Pick up, Unlimited Pick up