Developers are paying for the costs associated with growth - the costs of building the wastewater treatment plant and main trunk lines, as well as an additional $7,000 per new single detached unit in Erin and $10,000 per new single detached unit in Hillsburgh (this is above and beyond the significant development charges).

Rural residents will not be financially contributing to the construction of the project.

The costs that exist for urban residents in the Village of Erin and Hillsburgh include:

  • Construction Cost: Each existing house, in the urban area, will pay towards the construction of local infrastructure (i.e. the pipe that will run through the road and associated repair work to the road).
    • Residents will have the option to pay this to the Town in a lump sum or financed through the Town for up to 15 years.
    • Average Capital Cost: $15,000-$18,000 (this amount will be payable after the house has been connected, payments can be spread out over 10 to 15 years).
  • Connection Cost: Each existing house, in the urban area, will pay to connect their home to the pipeline.
    • This cost will fluctuate depending on the distance from the house to the pipe.
    • Average Connection Cost: $4,000 - $8,000
  • Annual Costs: Once the facility is built and the home is connected, user fees will be applied.
    • The average costs are based off a review of wastewater rates in nearby municipalities.
    • Annual Average User Cost: $500 - $600

The exact cost to each household will be determined by the additional funding grants received by the federal and provincial governments and each specific property. Council is committed to making this project as affordable as possible and continues to advocate for funding to the higher levels of government.