Water taxes on the rise

The average water and sewage bill in Waterloo has greatly increased to $787 annually, which is a high 54 per cent increase between 2007 and 2010.

The Waterloo Region Record reported that the water bills in Kitchener have increased nine times faster than inflation and four times faster than taxes. It is said that the high increase is generally due to four factors: the Walkerton water tragedy, environmental needs, aging systems and water conservation. This reasoning has however come under great scrutiny.

This is not the end though; in Waterloo it is expected to continue to rise another 51 per cent by 2018.