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

UTILITIES CREW

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 23, 2016
  • February 24, 2017
  • April 28, 2017
  • June 26, 2017
  • August 28, 2017
  • October 27, 2017
  • December 22, 2017
  • BILL DUE DATE
  • First Thursday of month below
  • February 2, 2017
  • April 6, 2017
  • June 1, 2017
  • August 3, 2017
  • October 5, 2017
  • December 7, 2017
  • February 1, 2018

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.

Bylaw No. 2015 – Electrical Utility Regulations

Bylaw No. 2015 A1 – Amendment to Electrical Utility Regulations

E-Billing Application Form

Apply to turn your electrical connection on or off.

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

IN PERSON

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.

BY MAIL

Cheque or money order to the City of Grand Forks P.O. Box 220 Grand Forks, B.C. V0H 1H0.

HOMEBANKING

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

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.

www.fortisbc.com

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

Residential Meter Information

ITRON 100191SP 07 CENTRON CN1S – Meter

ITRON 100712SP 03 CENTRON C1SR R300 – Meter

ITRON CENTRON C1SR R300 – Meter

Water & Sewer Department

Grand Forks Water and Sewer CrewThe 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

Apply for a new water or sewer connection

Weekly Microbiological Water Testing Analysis - 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis December 31, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis December 21, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis December 14, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis December 7, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis November 30, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis November 23, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis November 16, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis November 10, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis November 2, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis October 26, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis October 19, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis October 5, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis September 28, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis September 21, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis September 8, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis September 1, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis August 30, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis August 23, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis August 16, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis August 10, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis August 3, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis July 26, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis July 12, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis July 6, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis June 28, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis June 21, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis June 14, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis June 7, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis June 1, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis May 25, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis May 17, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis May 10, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis April 29, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis April 26, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis April 19, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis April 12, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis April 4, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis March 31, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis March 22, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis March 15, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis March 8, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis March 1, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis February 23, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis February 17, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis February 9, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis February 2, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis January 26, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis January 19, 2016

Certificate of Water Analysis January 12, 2016

Weekly Microbiological Water Testing Analysis - 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis December 24, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis December 21, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis December 15, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis December 8, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis December 1, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis November 24, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis November 18, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis November 10, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis November 3, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis October 27, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis October 21, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis October 14, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis October 6, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis September 29, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis September 22, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis September 16, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis September 9, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis August 31, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis August 21, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis August 18, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis August 12, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis August 4, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis July 27, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis July 16, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis July 12, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis July 2, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis June 25, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis June 18, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis June 11, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis June 4, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis June 1, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis May 22, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis May 15, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis May 7, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis April 30, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis April 23, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis April 16, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis April 9, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis April 2, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis March 25, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis March 19, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis March 11, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis March 5, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis February 25, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis February 19, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis February 13, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis February 4, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis January 28, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis January 22, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis January 15, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis January 7, 2015

Certificate of Water Analysis January 2, 2015

Weekly Microbiological Water Testing Analysis - 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis December 29, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis December 18, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis December 16, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis December 11, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis December 5, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis December 2, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis November 27, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis November 20, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis November 17, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis November 6, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis October 29, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis October 22, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis October 16, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis October 8, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis September 30, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis September 24, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis September 18, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis September 10, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis September 5, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis August 27, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis August 20, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis August 14, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis August 7, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis July 30, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis July 23, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis July 16, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis July 9, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis July 4, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis June 25, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis June 18, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis June 10, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis June 3, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis May 27, 2014

Certificate of Water Analysis May 21, 2014

Water & Sewer Bylaws



Grand Forks Sprinkling Regulations

Yellow Flag Program

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.