The wet summer is causing a drought in the City of Ottawa’s water budget.
The City is projecting a $7.7 million deficit in its water and sewer budget this year due to lower water and sewer surcharge revenues. Staff say the wetter spring and summer weather has caused a drop in water usage.
There was a $1.7 million deficit in the water and sewer budget in the first six months of the year. Water consumption in the January to June period was 96% of the budgeted consumption.The June to September period is when the majority of water consumption occurs in the City of Ottawa. Environment Canada reports Ottawa has received 455 mm of rain between June 1 and the end of August.http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/city-of-ottawa-water-revenues-dry-up-in-wet-summer-weather-1.3567962