Conservation Tips

In our part of the world, we are lucky to have relatively abundant water resources. But that doesn’t excuse us from treating this precious resource with respect.

Fredericton’s residents rely on the city’s water supply and delivery systems to deliver fresh and clean water on demand. However, Frederictonians should try to conserve water as much as possible.

When enough Fredericton residents conserve on water use, many good things happen:

  • By utilizing existing infrastructure capacities, huge capital expenditures of new water infrastructure are avoided and the environmental impacts associated with them.
  • Less water used means less wastewater production. This results in lower wastewater treatment costs.
  • Less water used means less energy used in the pumping and treating of water, and the pumping and treating of wastewater, decreasing the creation of greenhouse gases

To use less water in your day-to-life, follow some of these water-saving strategies:

  • When necessary, only water your lawn early morning or later evening.
  • Do not hose down asphalt or concrete.
  • Do not over-water your lawn. 2-3 cm per week is plenty.
  • Use a bucket when you wash your vehicle.
  • Wash full loads in your dishwasher.
  • Do not use the toilet to flush garbage.
  • Keep a container of the City's fresh, clean tap water in the fridge rather than letting your tap run to get cold.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth, saving 3-5 gallons each time you brush.
  • Think water conservation when you replace fixtures (e.g. low flow toilets, shower heads, etc.).
  • Check your toilet for leaks. A leaking toilet can result in huge volumes of wasted water, and cost you a lot of money in unnecessary water consumption.

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, the City of 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.