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Strathcona County Amended and Restated Water Supply Agreement with Highway 14 Regional Water Services Commission, AUC Decision 28436-D01-2023

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Water – Rates

Application

Strathcona County (“Strathcona”) applied for approval of its amended and restated water supply agreement (the “Agreement”) with the Highway 14 Regional Water Services Commission (“HRWSC”).

Decision

The AUC approved the Agreement regulating the supply of potable water by Strathcona to HRWSC.

Pertinent Issues

The original water supply agreement, approved by the AUC in Decision 2012-183 and implemented on January 1, 2012 (the “2012 Agreement”), was set to expire on January 1, 2037. Strathcona entered into a water supply agreement with EPCOR Water Services Inc. (“EPCOR Agreement”) in May 2018, pursuant to which Strathcona receives potable water.

Strathcona desired to sell water to the HRWSC under terms that aligned with its EPCOR Agreement, and the HRWSC wished to continue to purchase water from Strathcona. Accordingly, Strathcona and the HRWSC agreed to amend and restate the 2012 Agreement to align with the terms and conditions of the EPCOR Agreement.

The Agreement provided that Strathcona will sell and deliver water to the HRWSC. The proposed term of the agreement remains 25 years, from the original effective date of January 1, 2012. The amended and restated terms and conditions became effective April 18, 2023, and the expiration date was unchanged.

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