Utility Rates

Residential Utility Rates

- Effective January 1 2016
Utility  Rate 
Water consumption  0-25 cubic metres = $1.16 per cubic metre
26-60 cubic metres = $1.56 per cubic metre
over 60 cubic metres = $2.30 per cubic metre
(More information on water conservation initiatives including the three-tier water rate.)
Water base rate
$5.60 per month, flat rate
Sewer rate  $2.26 per cubic metre (see below for consumption calculation)
Sewer base rate
$5.60 per month, flat rate
Storm sewer $4.16 per month, flat rate
Waste and recycling collection $20.55 per month, flat rate
Eco Centre fee  $5.00 per month

Sewer Consumption Calculations

How does the Town calculate sewer consumption?


The Town of Cochrane tracks the volume of water delivered to your home and uses that number to calculate the water consumption amount on your utility invoice.

Water meters are read near the end of the month.  Utility Bills are issued around the 7th of the month for the previous month.

The Town does not have a way to track the water going down the drain, so we use your water consumption to calculate your sewer consumption.

For residential accounts that have account history:
If you lived in your home from November to April, you have an account history.

To figure out your sewer consumption, we calculate your average monthly water consumption from November to April.

If you use less than 5 cubic metres of water during a winter month, a value of 5 cubic metres will be used to calculate the average.

This average is then applied to your bill as your sewer consumption starting in June until November.

This method of calculating sewer consumption is called winter averaging. It is used to ensure that residents do not pay sewer consumption for outdoor water use during the summer.

From November until April, the sewer rate on your Town Utility Bill will be calculated using the water you actually used in those months.

For residential accounts that do not have account history:
Sewer consumption is billed at 100% of water consumption for November, December, January, February, March and April.  

Sewer consumption is billed at 80% of water consumption for May, June, July, August, September and October.

View the sample utility bill online to see where the waste and recycling collection and Eco Centre fees appear.


Non-residential Utility Rates

- Effective January 1 2016
Utility  Rate 
Water consumption 
$1.31 per cubic metre
Irrigation consumption
(Irrigation Meter)

$1.56 per cubic metre
Water and Irrigation base rates
(Itemized as consumption
on your utility bill)
 Based on meter size, per month flat rate

15mm (5/8")
$5.60            
25mm (1")
$11.64
40mm (1.5")
$24.07
50mm (2")
$41.47
75mm (3")
$91.17
100mm (4")
$160.73
150mm (6")
$359.58
200mm (8')
$637.67
Sewer rate  $2.26 per cubic metre of water usage
Sewer base rates
(Itemized as consumption
on your utility bill)
Based on meter size, per month flat rate

15mm (5/8")
$5.60               
25mm (1")
$10.62
40mm (1.5")
$20.99
50mm (2")
$35.43
75mm (3")
$76.73
100mm (4")
$134.58
150mm (6")
$299.89
200mm (8")
$531.32
Storm sewer rate  $4.16 per month, flat rate
Bulk water rate
Non domestic surcharge
$4.00 per cubic metre
$2.00 per cubic metre
Bulk wastewater rate  $11.38 per cubic metre