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Sudden Increase in Your Bill

According to the American Water Works Association, the daily average water consumption for a family of four people is 1 cubic metre (m3), 219.97 gallons or 1,000 litres.

A sudden rise in the amount of your bill may be due to a number of reasons:

  • Plumbing leaks in toilets and/or fixtures
  • An increase in the number of people living or working in your dwelling
  • A dry, hot summer, resulting in higher water use
  • An increase in the number of days in the billing period
  • Renovations, recent landscaping, or filling a swimming pool
  • Consecutive estimated readings followed by an actual reading.
    • If your water was estimated and your consumption for previous billing periods was higher than estimated, you may see an increase in your current water bill.

Find out more information on how to check for leaks.

During Colder Months

Higher-than-normal water consumption during the winter months can be due to several reasons including:

  • you provided a temporary water supply to a neighbour due to frozen pipes
  • water service was thawed by a City crew, and a letter from the City to take steps to prevent the water service from freezing again was issued.

The above City initiated water services will appear as an adjusted billing item on the water portion of the utility bill.

Refer to other water-related help and advice.

As a courtesy, a notification letter may be sent to the property owner to advise of an unusual increase in water consumption. Review causes your potential increases in water and check for leaks.

Call Water Investigation at 416-395-0177 with any questions regarding this letter.

Home Dialysis Water Rebate Program

If you have increased water consumption resulting from home dialysis treatments, you may qualify for the Home Dialysis Water Rebate Program.

Water Rebate Program

If you are a low-income senior or a low-income person living with disabilities and consume less than 400 cubic metres (m³) of water each year, you may be eligible for a water rebate.

Solid Waste Rebate Program

If you are a low-income senior or a low-income person living with disabilities and use a garbage bin or single-family residential bag-only customer; you may qualify to receive a rebate on the solid waste portion of your utility bill.

Learn more about qualifying to receive a solid waste rebate.

Connection or disconnection to the City’s water supply can be requested for:

  • renovations
  • new constructions
  • upgrading a shared service (“Y” connection that provides water to two properties) to a single connection.

Learn more about requesting a water/sewer service connection or disconnection.