Water Rates

Vision 2021: One city. One water system. One rate.

Proposed 2018 to 2021 Water Rate Increases

Creating a Sustainable System

West Kelowna Council is considering proposed water rate increases. If approved, the average household's quarterly bill would be as follows:

 System  2017  2018  2019  2020  2021
Lakeview  $90 Rose
 $181  $204  West
Pritchard, Sunnyside and West Kelowna Estates
Westbank  $153  Powers
 $198  $209

Please note: Amounts shown above include: the flat rate, which is made up of the capital contribution, debt repayment and operating fees; plus, a consumption rate based on metered usage. Those who consume less water will find their charges lower than what's shown; those that consume more will see higher bills. For conservation tips, please go to www.makewaterwork.ca.

If approved, increases would occur annually beginning January 1, 2018 and subsequently be charged on quarterly on bills issued in:
  1. April, for charges from January 1 through March 31
  2. July, for charges from April 1 through June 30
  3. October for charges from July 1 through September 30 (typically the highest bill)
  4. January, for charges from October 1 through December 31


The increases are required to cover the costs of system operations, maintenance and improvements and to ensure the system remains sustainable. The rates also cover the costs to repay the debts incurred to build both the Powers Creek and Rose Valley Water Treatment Plants.

Read our presentation panels (click here):

  1. Reasoning
  2. Quarterly rates between 2017 and 2021, comparisons of 2017 rates to those in other jurisdictions and a comparison of costs for other consumables
  3. An overview of the vast infrastructure required across the water systems
  4. The components of water bills (fixed and variable rates)
  5. Pie charts showing the annual rate amounts
  6. Timeline of the water systems
  7. Infrastructure improvements taking place over the next 10 years and a holistic map
  8. Summary page