Stormwater charges to increase this year for Mississauga and Brampton residents

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Published March 14, 2024 at 1:20 pm

Stormwater charges to increase this year for Mississauga and Brampton residents

Property owners in both Mississauga and Brampton will see an increased stormwater charge on their water bills this year.

Starting April 1, Mississauga’s stormwater charge rate for 2024 will be set at $120.30 per billing unit, an increase of approximately three per cent from last year.

Meanwhile, Brampton residents will see a 3.4 per cent increase to stormwater charges starting June 1.

The stormwater charge is to maintain each city’s drainage system as it manages the rain and melted snow that flows off properties and into the street.

“As Brampton’s population grows and more frequent and intense storms occur, the amount of runoff from roofs and parking lots increases. If left uncontrolled, runoff can cause flooding, erosion and environmental and property damage,” said the City of Brampton in a recent service update.

Charges are also calculated based on the amount of hard surface on each resident’s property.

The stormwater charge is reviewed and approved annually by city council.

It was reported in February that residents in Peel Region will also be required to pay a service delivery charge on their water bill starting April 1, amid rising costs for water and wastewater services.

The Region says using a service delivery charge to cover fixed costs will mean lower rates for basic consumption (less than 50 cubic meters of water used during the billing period), while higher rates will be charged for higher water use (above 50 cubic metres of water during the billing period).

Residents can learn more and get an estimate on their stormwater charge via the City of Mississauga’s website and the City of Brampton’s website.

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