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Proposed system will better water, bump rates in North Vanderhoof

Northside Water Service Ltd. hopes to improve local water quality but it could cost you.

The company plans to install a new filtration system to bring it’s potable water up to Northern Health’s standards. The proposed system would reduce that water’s arsenic levels from 11 parts per billion (ppb) to 2 ppb. Manganese levels would also drop from 200 ppb to 2 ppb.

If approved, the system will cost $450,000 and be financed over 15 years. That averages out to a new rate of $64/month – up from the current rate of $45/month – for customers.

Any objections must be submitted to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations by Sunday.

The proposed rate change would take effect January 1st.

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