Grand Forks Owned/Operated Electrical Utility
The City of Grand Forks is one of five municipalities in British Columbia that owns and operates its own electrical utility. Electrical Rates are billed on a bi-monthly basis. (Refer to the Bylaw Library Page of our website for updated Electrical rates)
Electrical Emergency After Hours: (250) 443-4180
Power Distribution Coordinator: Rod Zielinski
Lineman: Rick Weber
Lineman: Steve Chambers
Grand Forks Utility Billing Information
Electrical bills are issued bi-monthly as shown below:
- MAILING DATE
- by the last working date of the month below
- December 24, 2015
- February 26, 2016
- April 28, 2016
- June 24, 2016
- August 26, 2016
- October 28, 2016
- December 23, 2016
- BILL DUE DATE
- First Thursday of month below
- February 4, 2016
- April 7, 2016
- June 2, 2016
- August 4, 2016
- October 6, 2016
- December 1, 2016
- February 2, 2017
The Utility bills may be paid via the various methods outlined below.
Also, read the documents below for further information on Electrical Rates, Charges and Regulations.
Water/Sewer and Garbage service levies are invoiced bi-monthly.
User accounts for sewer and water based on meter consumption are billed bi-monthly.
For more information on fees for water, sewer and garbage services, please view our “Grand Forks Bylaw Library page”.
PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR ALL CITY UTILITIES
Cash, cheques, money orders and Debit Card. Payments can be made at our location at 7217 – 4th street. There is also a drop slot for payments on the front door.
Cheque or money order to the City of Grand Forks P.O. Box 220 Grand Forks, B.C. V0H 1H0.
Set the City of Grand Forks up as a vendor on your telephone or internet home banking system.
*** Payments will be processed on the Effective Date sent from your bank. Therefore, payments made late in the day after your bank’s cut-off time will be processed the following day. If you have any questions on the Effective Date, please contact your bank.
EQUAL PAYMENT PLAN
Automatic withdrawal from your account monthly or post-dated cheques for monthly payments.
Please contact the City Office to calculate your equal payment/automatic withdrawal payment options.
FORTIS BC delivers electricity and natural gas directly to homes and businesses across British Columbia. FORTIS BC is a provider of electricity to the communities of Castlegar, Creston, Grand Forks, Kelowna, Oliver, Osoyoos, Penticton, Summerland and Trail. FORTIS BC provides natural gas to Grand Forks and is the largest natural gas distributor in the province.
Company-Net Importer or Exporter of Power:
Net Importer: purchases approx 50% of its generation from other sources.
Reserve Margin Including Generation & Net Purchases %: Not available
Average Electrical Service Availability Index – Most Recent Year: 99.9714
Average Electrical Service Availability Index – Last Five Years: 99.9563
Name of Power Pool Membership: Formal membership in WSCC & WSPP
State Electric Power Deregulated: Wholesale competition allowed
ELECTRICAL METER INFORMATION
Water & Sewer Department
The City of Grand Forks Sewer and Water crew are responsible for the operation and maintenance of 36 km of sanitary sewer lines, 43 km of water lines and 258 fire hydrants, as well as an extended aeration wastewater treatment plant.
The Sewer and Water department consists of four persons certified in water distribution, wastewater collection and wastewater treatment.
The crew’s responsibilities include all aspects of installing sewer and water lines, maintenance – including flushing of water lines on a scheduled program, operation of the water and sewer system, troubleshooting water and sewer emergencies, repairing customers water and sewer services.
GRAND FORKS WATER & SEWER CREW
Utilities Coordinator: Dean Chapman
Utilities Operator Level II: Len Federico
Utilities Operator Level II: Sukie Sorensen-Lawrence
Utilities Operator 1 (Training): John Feenstra
Sewer & Water Emergency After Hours: (250) 443-1687
* Non-emergency after hours calls will be charged the call-out overtime rate.
Water & Sewer Connection Information
Existing sewer and water accounts are transferred into a new owner’s name when the individual makes application for electrical service. There is no charge for initiating a utility account if the water is already turned on at the time of application. Should the water be shut off, the charge for connection is $50.00.
Water, sewer and garbage charges are billed to the owner of the property. For further information, please contact City Hall.
If water and sewer service is available at the property line (contact City Hall to establish availability), application to connect to the service may be made at City Hall. It is the property owner’s responsibility to bring his water and sewer lines to meet the City connections at the property line.
If City services are not available at the property line, City Hall will provide an application and agreement for water supply and service and/or sewer disposal service. Upon completion of the application an information package will be provided as how to proceed.
Larger commercial or industrial connections are handled with the above procedure also. All new residential construction must provide for the installation of water meters. New commercial, industrial or institutional construction require the installation of water meters as well as residential construction requiring a 1 inch line.
If sewer is not available and a septic system is required:
a) A septic permit must be obtained from the Health Inspectors’ office through the Ministry of Health. There is a 30 day appeal period before the issuance of a septic permit. A building permit will only be issued after the appeal period has elapsed.
b) In order to accommodate a septic field, a minimum lot area of 15,000 square feet (1400 square meters) is required (providing the lot is serviced by City water) for a residential property. For further information regarding lot size requirements contact City Hall or the Building Inspector.
Grand Forks Water and Sewer Documents
Weekly Microbiological Water Testing Analysis - 2016
Weekly Microbiological Water Testing Analysis - 2015
Weekly Microbiological Water Testing Analysis - 2014
Comprehensive Water Testing Analysis (All Years)
Water & Sewer Bylaws
Bylaw (linked) Date Citation Bylaw 1973A2
Water Regulations Amendment Bylaw No 1973 A2
Sewer Regulations Amendment Bylaw No 1974 A1, 2016
Water Regulations Bylaw No 1973 A1
Water Regulations Amendment Bylaw No 2014, 2015
Sewer Regulations Bylaw No 1974, 2014
Bylaw (linked) Date Citation
Grand Forks Sprinkling Regulations
STAGE 1: ALTERNATIVE DAYS WATERING – CURRENT STAGE
For those consumers connected to the City of Grand Forks water system, outdoor sprinkling is limited to the following days and times. Those premises with “even” numbered civic addresses may sprinkle on “even” numbered days (ie: 2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.). Those premises with “odd” numbered civic addresses may sprinkle on “odd” numbered days (ie: 1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.).
Manual Sprinklers: From 7:00am until 9:00am | From 7:00pm until 9:00pm
Automatic Timed Underground Sprinklers:
EITHER From 12:00 am (Midnight) until 4:00am OR From 7:00am until 9:00am AND from 7:00pm until 9:00pm BUT NOT BOTH!
Sprinkling shall be permitted on the 31st day of any month as follows:
Manual Sprinklers: Those premises with “even” numbered civic addresses may sprinkle in the mornings from 7:00 am until 9:00 am. and Those premises with “odd” numbered civic addresses may sprinkle in the evenings from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm.
Automatic Timed Underground Sprinklers:
EITHER From 12:00am (Midnight) until 4:00am OR Those premises with “even” numbered civic addresses may sprinkle in the mornings from 7:00am until 9:00am. and Those premises with “odd” numbered civic addresses may sprinkle in the evenings from 7:00pm until 9:00pm. BUT NOT BOTH!
Flower gardens, vegetable gardens and newly planted lawns and landscapes may be hand watered at any time using a hand held nozzle. i.e. No manual sprinklers
For New Planted Lawns and Landscapes – First Month Only
Newly planted lawns and landscapes may be sprinkled twice a day everyday from 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm for the first month only using either manual sprinklers or automatic timed underground sprinklers.
Automatic timed systems can be used to water up to 5 minutes per zone at a time with total watering time not to exceed 4 hours.
Newly planted lawns and landscapes may be hand watered using a hand held nozzle at any time. i.e. No manual sprinklers.