Water utility information trickles in

Price White Rock agreed to pay for purchase from Epcor not made public.

The City of White Rock now owns and operates its water utility, but how much it paid Epcor for the takeover has yet to be disclosed.

In a news release issued Oct. 29, the city announced it would take over ownership of the utility the next day, citing the receipt of regulatory approvals from Fraser Health Authority and the B.C. Comptroller of Water Rights.

Residents have repeatedly asked for financial details but have been told city staff is  “bound by confidentiality.”

“We’ve got some confidentiality provisions with our agreement with Epcor and, unfortunately, we’re not able to comment at this time,” city manager Dan Bottrill told Peace Arch News Wednesday, noting the city “absolutely” plans to release further information. “As soon as we’re able to, we will release the details.”

The city has launched a new webpage – www.whiterockcity.ca/mywater – which includes information about billing, water quality and chlorination options.

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