Selkirk takes its role as community leaders and environmental stewards very seriously. Protecting natural features such as our waterway is a priority for Selkirk and essential to a healthy environment.  

Healthy waterways are vital for our social and economic well being, play a key role in agriculture, industry, recreation and provide essential habitat for wildlife.

The City is currently constructing a new state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant that will replace the existing plant which no longer meets provincial regulations and has reached the end of its life-cycle. 

As of January 2017, new provincial regulations require treated wastewater, or effluent contain no more than 1mg/L of phosphorus and 15 mg/L of nitrogen.  

The new highly efficient facility will exceed current guidelines, will align with new guidelines in the future and will be kinder to the environment and contribute to a healthy Red River and Lake Winnipeg.

Protecting the Red River and Lake Winnipeg is not only an immediate priority but a priority for generations to come. 

City of Selkirk Revised Water and Wastewater Rates

The City of Selkirk applied to the Public Utilities Board (PUB) for revised water and wastewater rates for City of Selkirk Utility as set out in By-law 5309, read for the first time on August 14,2017. COS PUB Notice.

On December 31, 2018 the PUB approved our request for an increase effective January 1, 2019.

PUB Rate Approval 

City of Selkirk Public Notice Revised Rates

The increase is largely due to the construction of our new environmentally responsible wastewater treatment plant and continued renewal of Selkirk’s aging water and wastewater infrastructure. 

 

Impact on you 

In 2019,  water and wastewater rates will be going up $1.02 per cubic meter.

One cubic meter is equal to…

  • 1000 litres
  • 2000 bottles of water (500ml)
  • 220 Imperial gallons
  • 208 toilet flushes
  • 4 baths
  • 25 washing machine loads
  • 28 showers

THE COST OF CONSTRUCTING THE NEW PLANT TO UTILITY CUSTOMERS WILL BE ABOUT 1 CENT PER FLUSH.

Lower your bill by conserving water

Simple steps to conserve water and save money 

Indoors

Turn it off

Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.

Switch it up

Switch to a low-flow shower head & low-flow toilet.

Time it

Time your showers to try to keep them below 5 minutes.

Check it out

Read your water meter when you first move into a property, and continue to do regular readings to keep your water consumption and utility bills as low as you can. 

Check for leaking pipes, faucets, washer, dishwasher or fridge with an ice maker by reading your meter before bed or a period of time where no water will be used for at least 2 hours.  If the reading has changed, you have a leak.

Detect a leaking toilet by adding a few drops of food colouring to the tank.  If the tank is leaking,  the coloured water will appear in the bowl.

If you suspect you have a leak or your water meter is damaged click here.

Load it/ Set it

Set the water levels in your washing machine to match the volume of clothing .  If your machine only has one setting, operate will full loads only.

Outdoors

Sprinkle

Only water your lawn when signs of wilt occur and water for a short period of time in the early morning or evening. This will prevent the water from evaporating in the sun and will encourage your lawn to develop deeper roots resulting in a healthier lawn that requires less watering.

Control / Repair / Replace

Control the amount of water coming from your hose by ensuring that you have a nozzle equipped with an automatic shut off. Repair or replace leaky hoses.

Collect it

If you collect rainwater, you’ll be able to nourish your garden or lawn with your rain barrel reserve rather than using water from your hose.

For more information on water conservation, visit Canadian Water and Wastewater Association.