At the end of February, residential property owners receive an annual Flat Rate Utility Bill for garbage and recycling services. Water and sewer services are either included on the annual Flat Rate Utility Bill, or separate quarterly Metered Utility Bills.
Each year, the City’s utility user rates are based on the cost of providing water, sewer, and solid waste services to our community. As a member municipality of Metro Vancouver, Delta is also responsible for contributing to regional operations related to water and sewer services to help maintain our water supply and wastewater infrastructure.
For 2023, residents that pay a flat annual rate for water and sewer will see a $71 or 5.96% increase in your Flat Rate Utility Bill, for a total cost of $1,262 for a single family home – the following image provides a graphical breakdown of these utility fees. The $71 flat rate utility increase consists of $31 for Metro Vancouver's regional water and sewer cost increases, $11 to fund Delta's increased costs for water and sewer utilities operations and infrastructure renewal, and $29 to cover curbside collection contract increases for solid waste. We continue to work with our regional counterparts to achieve sustainable financial planning strategies for Metro Vancouver’s regional water and sewer infrastructure to help mitigate financial impacts to Delta.
Flat Rate and Metered Utilities
The water, sewer and solid waste rates are reviewed and amended by Council each year as required.
The flat rate and metered utility user rates are based on the costs of providing the specific utility. Major costs include the purchase of services from Metro Vancouver, debt repayment charges on money borrowed to construct the utility systems, contractual costs for garbage and recycling programs, contribution to capital for water and sewer distribution system improvements, and operating costs to maintain the systems. These costs are funded through user fees.
Visit our how to pay property taxes and utilities to learn more about all our available payment options. Fee payment options include:
- Financial institution
- Drop box
- In person
Flat Rate Utility Declarations
Declarations are accepted until December 31 of the applicable year. Delta does not accept prior year declarations.
The penalty on an outstanding amount for eligible declarations will be waived if the declaration is submitted before September 2 of the applicable year (or the first business day thereafter).
The current year declarations are available after the Flat Rate Utility Bill has been mailed out in February.