Water & Sewer

Each day, the City of Fredericton’s Water & Sewer Utility provides customers with clean, safe drinking water on demand and treats thousands of litres of wastewater ensuring treatment of the wastewater exceeds national standards.

Drinking water is sent to customers around Fredericton from 10 major production wells. The water passes through one of two water treatment plants, before flowing through an extensive water distribution system covering 433 km.

Fredericton’s sanitary sewer network consists of a system of sewers designed to collect and convey household and industrial wastewater from urban areas to a wastewater treatment plant. The majority of sewage collected is treated at the Barker Street treatment plant. One smaller treatment facilities also exists in the Garden Creek area of the city.

Budget 2019

As part of the 2019 budget process, Fredericton City Council approved a Water and Sewer Utility Operating Budget of $20.7 million. The Water and Sewer Utility will invest $10.5 million infrastructure and continue its focus on replacing aging pipes within the system.

As part of effort to support the much-needed reinvestment in replacing old infrastructure to keep our water safe and clean, the combined water & sewer rate increases slightly from $1.78/m³ to $1.82/m³ and the quarterly service charge rise from $107.98 to $113.90.

About Fredericton’s Water & Sewer Utility

As per provincial legislation, Fredericton’s water and sewer utility is self-funded, deriving all its revenue from rates charged and government infrastructure grants. It is separate from the City of Fredericton’s general fund budget and property tax system.

The utility provides water and sewer services to well over 95% of households and businesses within Fredericton, carrying out various maintenance and renewal efforts to keep the system operating smoothly. The utility is currently focused on replacing aging pipes within the system.