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What's on tap?

The future of water and wastewater services

More than 8,000 people throughout Prince Edward County rely on the County for safe, reliable drinking water services.

Ongoing planning and investment in our water systems helps ensure well-managed growth that protects the rural character of our region, while providing a mix of housing and economic opportunities in existing villages and centres.

Quick Facts

  • The County manages six water systems that draw drinking water from groundwater, surface water (lakes) and Lake Ontario.
  • The municipality’s water and wastewater infrastructure is worth more than $280 million.
  • The County’s water system has 111 km of watermains. That’s the same distance as driving from Picton to Gananoque.
  • Only users connected to municipal water and wastewater pay for the system.

Safeguarding services for today and tomorrow

Ongoing planning and investment in our water systems helps ensure well managed growth that protects the rural character of our region, while providing a mix of housing and economic opportunities in existing villages and centres.

Tools and processes that help us manage growth, and water/wastewater infrastructure:

  • The County’s Official plan and secondary plans, which identify how much growth will be supported and where.
  • Master servicing plans and environmental assessments, which are more future-looking plans to provide services and infrastructure and to protect health and our environment.
  • Capital plans ensure infrastructure meets current needs, stays in good repair and supports growth.

What's coming down the pipe

The County aims to deliver high quality services and infrastructure while managing affordability.

A number of water and wastewater projects are planned in the coming years. Check out their project pages to learn more about them.

Frequently Asked Questions

We get a lot of questions about water and wastewater in Prince Edward County. We’re here to help.

Have a question and don’t see the answer? Drop us a line at communications@pecounty.on.ca.

Water rates are set every five years. The rates are set until 2026

The money you already pay each month helps fund the long-term plan for infrastructure. This includes the new water tower, trunk lines, and water and wastewater plants in Wellington.

The County is also setting up a community working group that will help set the rates for beyond 2026. Already, staff are looking at possible savings to limit future financial impacts on existing ratepayers.

Experts have projected the future population of both Prince Edward County and the Quinte region. They have looked at Canadian and provincial employment and migration trends, with adjustments that consider local and regional data such as building permits and housing starts. Based on this analysis, the experts project a population increase of 9,000 over the next 30 years (2051) in Prince Edward County. This estimate is also in line with Ontario Ministry of Finance projections for this area.

The rate of growth may fluctuate over the short term. However, the trends of strong economic growth and more people moving to the area through immigration and inter-provincial migration are expected to continue over the long term.

The County has upfront financing agreements with the developer. Through those agreements, the County has $4 million in letters of credit from the developer, which shows the developer is serious with moving ahead. Should the developer default, a worst-case scenario that the County does not anticipate, the County could use that $4 million to cover the interest on the debt for County’s portion of the projects, ensuring that debt servicing does not cause water and wastewater rates to rise.

The Cork and Vine development has completed all the necessary background work, studies and engineering required for a subdivision agreement for the first phases of its project. Before beginning construction of new homes, the developer is waiting for the County to construct a new “trunk line” that will deliver large quantities of water across the supply system. Award of the tender for construction of the trunk line is expected to occur later in 2023.

The County adopted a Secondary Plan for Wellington eight years ago that expanded the urban boundary and allowed the potential for growth. This plan was approved by Council and the province.

Under provincial legislation, the municipality must put in infrastructure to support development on land identified for future growth. This is what the water tower, trunk line, and water/wastewater plants will provide in Wellington. If the municipality fails to supply the necessary infrastructure, it is at risk of lawsuits from the land owners of those properties within the town boundary.

The County’s water and wastewater infrastructure has served the community well over the decades. However, much of it is aging and will need to be replaced within the next 10 years, regardless of growth. If the County builds now, it can take advantage of the fact that 75% of the total costs can be paid for by developers of the new homes. The municipality cannot impose development charges after the houses are built.

Money collected from water and wastewater customers goes to:

  • Cover the daily operations to deliver clean, safe drinking water
  • Treat the wastewater to protect the environment and public health
  • Future investments so that the municipality can maintain, improve or expand infrastructure including treatment plants, pumps and pipes