Utilities

The Town of Black Diamond uses a bi-monthly utility billing period. Included in each bill, are costs for water services, sewer services, garbage collection and recycling services. 

To learn about the services included in your utility bills, please visit any of the following pages: 

If you would like to know more about the fees for these services, you can review the Water and Sewer Utility Bylaw and the Waste Bylaw. These bylaws can both be found on our Commonly Requested Bylaws page. The applicable fees can be found in the fees schedule of each bylaw. 

To learn more about utility companies in Alberta or to find assistance in resolving an issue with a utility company, you may visit the Utilities Consumer Advocate website. 

Proposed Changes to Utility Rates

Council is considering a rate increase effective May 1, 2021, for both the water and wastewater budgets due to the increased cost of operations.

The proposed changes will adjust the average bi-monthly flat rate by $1.94 and variable usage rate by $0.11 per cube for both water and wastewater. This equates to approximately $4.26 bi-monthly for each utility account. See tables below for more rate information.

Water Rates - Proposed Rate Adjustments

Average User Impact




Single Family Residential (Avg Use)CurrentProposed      


20212022
Flat Rae (20mm or less)$43.00$44.94$46.96
Variable Rate$2.35$2.46$2.57
Variable Charge (bi-monthly/base on 22m2)


Total Bi-Monthly$94.70$98.96$103.41
$ bi-monthly Change y-o-y
$4.26$4.45
% Change y-o-y 
4.50%4.50%




Commercial (High Use)CurrentProposed      


20212022
Flat Rate (50mm)$215.00$225.68$234.79
Variable Rate$2.35$2.46$2.57
Variable Charge (bi-monthly/based on 633m3)$1,487.55$1,554.49$1,624.44
Total Bi-Monthly$1,702.55$1,779.16$1,859.23
$ bi-monthly Change y-o-y
$76.61$80.06
% Change y-o-y
4.50%4.50%

Wastewater Rates - Revenue Requirement Changes

Average User Impact




Single Family Residential (Avg Use)CurrentProposed


20212022
Flat Rate (20mm or less)$43.00$44.94$46.96
Variable Rate$2.35$2.46$2.57
Variable Charge (bi-monthly/based on 22m2)$51.70$54.03$56.46
Total Bi-Monthly $94.70$98.96$103.41
$ Bi-monthly change y-o-y
$4.26$4.45
% Change y-o-y
4.50%4.50%




Commercial (High Use)CurrentProposed  


20212022
Flat Rate (50mm)$215.00$224.68$234.79
Variable Rate$2.35$2.46$2.57
Variable Charge (bi-monthly/based on 633m3)$1,487.55$1,554.49$1,624.44
Total Bi-Monthly$1,702.55$1,779.16$1,859.23
$ Bi-monthly change y-o-y
$76.61$80.06
% Change y-o-y
4.50%4.50%