Like 607 municipalities in Quebec, Chelsea must meet the requirements of the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation as part of its adherence to the Stratégie québécoise d'économie d'eau potable.
The strategy aims to reduce water consumption by 2025. To this end, the municipality collects annual consumption data, which it then submits to the ministry.
Water meters provide information on the actual water consumption of homes and businesses, enabling the identification of progressive actions to be taken to achieve water consumption reduction targets.
It is also an awareness-raising tool, enabling building owners to gain a better understanding of their drinking water consumption and make adjustments where necessary.
By having an accurate picture of large-scale water consumers, the municipality can also impose additional compensation when they exceed the average annual water consumption established by the tarification system.
All citizens connected to the water and sewer system pay for drinking water from their tax bill. This measure is in place since the construction of the drinking water plant in 2015.
Billing is based on the number of units allocated to each residence. For example, an average three-bedroom single-family home is equivalent to one unit. For each additional bedroom, 0.25 units are added to the calculation.
Rates are based on a maximum annual consumption of 260 meters3 per unit. If you exceed this consumption, you will be charged additional compensation based on the difference between the average consumption and that recorded by your water meter.
A water meter is a tool for measuring the volume of water consumed by a building over a given period.
It also enables us to quickly detect any leaks or anomalies related to water consumption that could be harmful to the environment and the drinking water plant.
The Municipality reads the data annually. Following the installation of new water readers equipped with a remote transmission module, the data will be read as of 2024, without the need for an employee to visit your property.
Residents own and are responsible for their water meters and readers. They must ensure that the devices are available and accessible at all times.
Since the water meter is installed in your home, you can view the data displayed on it at any time.