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 single detached equivalent (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 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

With that said, 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.

The government has said they will not be stopping construction projects because of the pandemic as they help with job creation and driving the economy.

We remain optimistic and council is in regular communication with provincial decision-makers. 

We are committed to making the project as affordable as possible. This means, among other things, offering long-term payment plans as an option available for residents.

The costs of not undertaking this project are more significant than those to build it. 

Right now, the cost per household to replace a septic tank could be upwards of $20,000-$40,000. Some older or smaller properties will need a tertiary system during the replacement process – which is even more costly.

We understand wanting to delay a sizeable cost like this. The reality is that if we don’t change the system now, eventually we will need to, and it will cost more to do then.