The new water rates in Boissevain-Morton might not be what anyone wants to see, but the municipality says they are necessary to make the utility self-sustaining and to help alleviate past deficits.
This fall, the municipality received permission from the Public Utilities Board to raise the water rates. This is the first increase since 2009, and has been a long time in coming. The rates, as explained in the letter sent out to ratepayers with the November water bills, will take effect on February 1. According to Head of Council Judy Swanson, the move was absolutely necessary.