Utilities & Billing
Covering the basic needs
The District of Mackenzie supplies water, sewer, and garbage collection services within the municipal boundaries, which includes all residents of Mackenzie and residents of the Gantahaz subdivision. Commercial garbage service is provided to businesses in Mackenzie including the industrial area on Mill Road.
To provide these essential services there is a cost associated with each one. The fee collected by the District is set out in our Water, Sewer, and Garbage Rates & Regulations bylaws. The rates and regulations are reviewed annually by staff and adjusted accordingly as needed. Please review our bylaws for further information.
Utility Billing Due Dates
Residential service fees are billed and payable with the annual tax notice. Notices are prepared in late May and payment is due the first business day after July 01. Utility amounts due include a 10% discount prior to the due date. To provide residents extra time to pay their utilities through this uncertain economic time of COVID-19, 10% of the utility amount will be added October 1, 2020 which brings the amount to the full bylaw rate.
Commercial customers with metered water accounts and/or commercial garbage bin service receive an invoice for services prepared bi-monthly. Invoices are prepared at the full bylaw rate for services. During this uncertain economic time of COVID-19, we have made the following changes: payment is due 56 days (8 weeks) from the invoice date. Payments received within 42 days (6 weeks) of the billing date shall receive a 10% discount.
Note: It is your responsibility to ensure that utility account payment deadlines are met in order to obtain discounts / avoid penalties. If you have not received your utility invoice, contact the District office to obtain a copy.
Annual Water, Sewer, Garbage Rates
How to pay your utility bill
Apply for Water Service
The District of Mackenzie is responsible for the installation and maintenance of sewer, drain, and water service connections from our mains to property line. Property owners are responsible for the cost of installing the connections across District property, although the District does the work. Property owners are entirely responsible for the connections once they cross onto their own property.
Please view the Application for Water Service for connection application and associated fees.
New Property Owners/Address Change
Utility bills are sent to the address provided to the District by BC Assessment at the time the bills are produced. BC Assessment receives their property ownership and mailing address information from the BC Land Title Office. When ownership of a property changes it may take two to three months for BC Assessment to receive notice of the ownership change. During this time the utility bills may still be going the previous owner.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that the ownership and address information filed with the Land Title Office is current and correct. Any changes to the ownership of a property, including mailing address changes, should be filed with a BC Land Title Office.
If you are not receiving your utility bills, please contact the District Office at (250) 997-3221 or email ac.eiznekcamfotcirtsid@ofni. It is the responsibility of the property owner to pay the utility charges by the due date in order to avoid penalties. No exemption from payment or penalties is conferred by reason of non-receipt of the utility bill.