Utilities

Water & Sewer

Water Bills

Many of our residents have noticed a $10 fee increase that was added to the utility bills. This new fee was implemented by Town Council and is intended to establish a fund for necessary upgrades to the Water Treatment Plant. 

In 2018, an approval in principle was received for the Rural 44 water pipeline project which will provide water to many rural subscribers. The Town of Eston will be the supplier of the treated water that Rural 44 will distribute. The Town is able to participate with several other municipal partners including the RM of Snipe Lake, and thus be eligible for matched federal and provincial funding.

The direct benefit to the Town’s water treatment plant will be increased capacity, a new filtration system, and automation of many functions which currently requires a manual operator.

The Town’s share in this project will be $2 million. The water treatment plant does need an upgrade, and without the Building Canada Fund participation, on our own would cost $4 million in todays value. Other benefits include a new long-term customer in Rural 44 water recipients, less reliance on the oil and gas water sales (which vary upon the current activity and demand), as well as increase the capacity to obtain and treat water which will decrease the potential need for water restrictions. If for some reason the Rural 44 project does not go ahead as planned, the Town will still use the money in the new fund for upgrades to the plant.

Recognizing that this is a large commitment for our town, we are pleased that this opportunity to cooperate with the Rural 44 project will put us in a good position for the future. 

Water Treatment Plant project

In 2023, the enhancements to the Water Treatment Plant will be finalized. Back in 2018, we secured initial approval for the Rural 44 water pipeline initiative, a project set to supply water to numerous rural subscribers. The Town of Eston is set to act as the water provider for Rural 44, collaborating with municipal partners like the RM of Snipe Lake to qualify for combined federal and provincial funding.

The Town stands to gain from this project with an upgraded water treatment plant, featuring increased capacity, a new filtration system, and the automation of various manual functions. The Town’s financial contribution to this initiative is $2 million, a significant cost reduction from the standalone estimate of $4 million. Additional advantages include establishing a long-term customer base among Rural 44 water recipients, reducing dependence on fluctuating oil and gas water sales, and expanding our capacity to secure and treat water, thereby minimizing the likelihood of water restrictions.

Although recognizing the substantial commitment required from our town, we are optimistic that collaborating with the Rural 44 project will position us favorably for the future

Monthly Utility Bills

Monthly utility bills encompass charges for water, sewer, and environmental services. Consumption levels, determined by monthly meter readings, dictate the charges. If meter data transmission is unsuccessful, the account will be subject to estimation.

The environmental fee encompasses services related to garbage collection, recycling, and landfill operations. Late payments incur a 2% penalty. Although utility accounts are registered in the homeowner’s name, arrangements can be made for bills to be mailed to a tenant.

Various payment options are available for settling utility bills, including payment by mail, at the Town Office using credit/debit/cheque, over the phone with a credit card, via e-transfer, or through internet banking with specific financial institutions.

Automated Water Meter Reading

In late 2019 installations of remote water meter reading equipment began.  This project will see specialized equipment added onto the physical water meter in each serviced property in Eston.  Some water meters will also be upgraded during this process. 

The Badger remote water meter reading system allows our public works and administration staff to remotely monitor usage and take meter readings.  This will eliminate the need for physical meter reads or estimated readings for billing.  It also gives the property owner or tenant the ability to track their own usage and be alerted if a leak is detected through the Eye on Water website or the app on compatible devices.  Property owners will receive a letter with directions on this process after the equipment has been installed in their property.

EYE ON WATER ACCOUNT SET UP

Please contact the Town Office at (306)962-4444 or contact@eston.ca with any questions.

Water and Sewer Rates

Item

Classification/Type

Charges 

Connection Fee

Seasonal Disconnect/Reconnect 

$50.00 Flat Rate

 

After Hours Additional

$50.00 per Hour

Meter Deposit

For a water line up to 1″

$50.00 Refundable

 

For a water line over 1″

$150.00 Refundable

 

Meter Testing

$50.00 Refundable

Water Consumption Rate

Treated

$18.00 per 1,000 gallons

 

Raw (EK Water stand)

$13.00 per 1,000 gallons

 

Town Water Stand

$22.00 per 1,000 gallons

 

Commercial Bulk Treated 

$6.50 per cubic metre

Infrastructure Fee (Water & Sewer)

Commercial, Industrial and Institutional

$65.00 per month (2024)

 

Residential

$45.00 per month (2024)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sewer Lining Project

Initiated in 2017, our sewer lining project has made significant progress, with only one street remaining for completion by the end of 2024. This crucial initiative addresses the deterioration of our aging sewer lines, which have surpassed their intended lifespan. The implementation of new sewer lining technology ensures an extension of the sewer lines’ viability by an additional 100 years.

New Line Trenchless Technologies is the company spearheading this project. They provided us with a video illustrating the condition of our sewer lines. The initial segment of the video showcases sections of our sewer lines in good condition, while the subsequent parts (at approximately 1:26 and 3:22 minutes) reveal instances of deterioration. This visual documentation underscores the urgency of completing this project, emphasizing its vital role in preserving our town’s infrastructure.

Treated Water Fill Station (FOB-Coin)

A treated water fill station is available at 2nd St NW. The water stand is both FOB and coin operated, accepts loonies and toonies.

FOB’s can be purchased at Town of Eston $25 annual subscription and will be billed out yearly.

Money for water must be pre-loaded on the fobs. Once purchased, you will receive an email with the information on the fill and remaining balance on the fob.

Fobs can be loaded over the phone via credit card – please call 306-962-4444 during business hours.

These FOB’s will only work at the Town of Eston water fill station.

The rates is $22 per 1000 Gallons.

Non- Treated Fill Station (FOB)

Location SW 12-24-22-W3

The rate is $13.00 per 1000 Gallons

Watery Advisory Information

Operating a public eating establishment or food processing facility during a PDWA or EBWO

Precautions for all households during a PDWA or EBWO

Precautions for Public Facilities during a PDWA or EBWO

Procedures for Flushing Water Systems After a PDWA or EBWO

Drinking Water Quality & Compliance Reports

2022 Drinking Water & Compliance Report

2021 Drinking Water & Compliance Report

2020 Drinking Water & Compliance Report

Annual Waterworks Information & Financial Overview

2022 Waterworks Information & Financial Overview

2021 Waterworks Information & Financial Overview

SaskPower

Power
1-888-757-6937

www.saskpower.com
Report electrical emergency, power or street light outages to 306-310-2220.

SaskEnergy

Natural Gas

TAP Tune Up Assistance Program
Customer Service 1-800-567-8899

24 Hour Emergency & Safety 1-888-7000-427
Call before you dig 1-866-828-4888
www.saskenergy.com

SaskTel

Internet and Phone
1-800-727-5835
www.sasktel.com

Xplore Inc

Internet 
1-866-221-1687
www.xplore.ca

Starlink

Internet 
www.starlink.com

Access Communications

Internet security, TV and home phone
1-866-363-2225
www.myaccess.ca