Water and Sewer Billing

The Township of Whitewater Region, in partnership with the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA), is committed to providing clean, safe drinking water to all residents of Beachburg, Cobden and Haley Townsite who are serviced by municipal water. OCWA staff receives ongoing training and have the expertise and certification required to operate all water and wastewater treatment facilities and distribution systems within the Township.

This includes:

2 – Class II Water Treatment Subsystems
1 – Limited Groundwater System
2 – Class I Water Distribution Subsystems
1 – Elevated Water Storage Reservoir
1 – Surface Water Supply
4 – Groundwater Wells
23 Kilometers of Water Distribution Pipe
1 – Class III Wastewater Treatment Plant
1 – Class II Wastewater Collection System
1 – Sewage Lift Station
6 Kilometers of Wastewater Collection Pipe

Overview

Distribution Systems

The Ontario Clean Water Agency is responsible for the maintenance of the Water Distribution System’s pipes, valves, fire hydrants, and services. Flushing of the water mains and servicing of valves is carried out by experienced, licenced personnel.

Engineering Studies

Engineering studies of the water treatment plants, as required by the Ministry of The Environment, resulted in the issuance, in 2002, of new Certificates of Approval for the plants. These new Certificates of Approval require the implementation of specified upgrades which will enable the plants to meet more stringent specifications as set out in the new Ontario Drinking Water Regulations.

Compliance Information

The Township of Whitewater Region Water Treatment Plants are operated by the Ontario Clean Water Agency in accordance with system classification and legislative requirements. The accepted practices under certification of it’s operators by the Ontario Ministry of The Environment. Operation and in plant testing is done by operators licenced for Water Treatment. All outside analysis is performed by accredited laboratories. Compliance with sampling and analytical requirements is adhered to under Ontario Drinking Water Guidelines, Ministry of Environment Certificates of Approval for the Plants, and the Ontario Drinking Water Protection Regulation.

Compliance Reports

Under the Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act, the Township is required to prepare and make available annual compliance reports for the water systems. These reports summarize plant flows, chemicals used, test results of sampling required under the Regulation, and any adverse water issues and corrective actions as required by the Regulation. These reports are to be made available by February 28th of the year following the annual reporting period and may be obtained at the Township Office located at 44 Main Street, Cobden.

Financial Plan for the Township of Whitewater Region

Ontario Regulation 453/07 requires all municipalities to complete a Financial Plan for their drinking water systems. The Water Financial Plan for the Township of Whitewater Region was approved by Council on April 18th, 2012.

The Township retained the services of Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. to prepare a water financial plan as part of the five submission requirements for the purposes of obtaining a municipal drinking water license as per the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002. The Financial Plan provides an in-depth analysis of capital and operating needs, a review of current and future demand verse supply and consideration of available funding sources.

WATER & SEWER BILLS

Water & Sewer rates apply.

2021 Due Dates:

March 31st                                                                                                                                                                        May 31, 2020                                                                                                                                                                          July 30, 2020                                                                                                                                                                          September 30, 2020                                                                                                                                                              November 30, 2020                                                                                                                                                                January 31, 2021                                                                                                         

Payment Options:

  • Payments by cash, debit or cheque can be made during office hours at the Municipal Office located at 44 Main Street in Cobden.
  • Payments can be mailed to the
    Township of Whitewater Region,
    PO Box 40,
    Cobden ON
    K0J 1K0.

    Please include the payment stub with your cheque and make your cheque payable to “Township of Whitewater Region”. Post-dated cheques are accepted.
     
  • Online payments through your bank may be made. 
  • Payments can be made at the Bank of Nova Scotia in Cobden and Pembroke.
  • The Township offers pre-authorized payment plans
    Get the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan Form Here

A penalty at the rate of 1% shall be assessed on each past-due account on the first day of the month following default after the due date.