Answer

Developers are paying for all 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 are: the connection from their house to the main system, the construction of local infrastructure (i.e. the pipe that will run through the road and associated repair work to the road), the decommissioning of their existing septic tank system, and an annual service fee once the project is complete.

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 COVID-19 pandemic as they help with job creation and driving the economy.

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

Also, 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.

Learn more about costs here.