Ottawa, City of

Ontario

The Public Works and Services Department of the City of Ottawa (City) engaged RFC to provide professional services to undertake full cost accounting for its water, wastewater, and stormwater systems, investigate means for recovering those costs, and develop a rate structure in support of the preferred approach.  Specific services provided include:

Specifically related to the stormwater system, RFC assisted the City in identifying specific storm water costs, as well as allocating a portion of overhead-related utility costs to stormwater services.  RFC has discussed stormwater cost recovery mechanisms with the City, including sewer rates, flat stormwater rates, and stormwater rates based on other recovery factors such as property value or impervious surface area.  The City is currently considering these options and is projecting long-term cost needs.