Monday, July 22, 2019

Dunnottar Ratepayers Association

 

- Are On-Lot Cost Estimates Optimistic?

In February 2012, Council received the final engineering design study prepared by Dillon Consulting Limited. The study proposes that Dunnottar install a low pressure sewer system requiring property owners to own and maintain a dual chamber septic tank, effluent pump, electrical cabling, breaker panel and an alarm monitoring system.

The report estimates the additional "On-Lot" items required to connect to the municipal sewer will cost property owners an additional $3,325 to $6,875. The Dunnottar Ratepayers Association has reviewed the costs Council is publicizing. Based on follow-up with trades and companies ratepayers suspect "On-Lot" costs are higher than Council estimates.

The diagram below identifies the "On-Lot" items property owners will be required to upgrade or install new to connect to the municipal sewer system. A table is provided comparing Council's cost estimates with amounts concerned residents are hearing from companies and trades.

The Dunnottar Ratepayers Association strongly recommends property owners determine the true cost to connect their property to the Dunnottar sewer system.


We encourage property owners with On-Lot cost estimates to contact us.
Your On-Lot estimate can help validate and improve the accuracy of the comparisons provided.

To share your On-Lot cost estimate
click here or send an e-mail direct to info@dunnottarratepayers.ca




Comparison of Dunnottar "On-Lot" Cost Estimates
( Council report estimates vs costs Dunnottar residents are hearing from companies and trades )

Council Report
Estimate

Costs Concerned Residents
are Hearing

Item Description

New Tank

Retrofit Tank

New Tank

Retrofit Tank

1

Electrical - installation

$625

$625

$2,000 or $90/hr

$2,000 or $90/hr

Electrical - sub panel if required

not included

not included

$1,000

$1,000

2

Dual Chamber Septic Tank - New

$3,900

-

$6,500 to $10,000

-

Dual Chamber Septic Tank - Retrofit

-

$350

-

$6,500 to $10,000

3

S.T.E.P (effluent) Pump

$1,050

$1,050

$1,000 to $1,500

$1,000 to $1,500

4

Connection to tank

$600

$600

$90/hr

$90/hr

5

Service line - 10 meters (tank to sewer)

$700

$700

$700

$700

Total

$6,875

$3,325

$11,200 to ??

$11,200 to ??



Current Trenching Rates
Install sewer service and electrical lines, 2012
Backhoe
Bobcat
Tandem Truck
Labourer
$85 per hour
$75 per hour
$75 per hour
$40 per hour

Other Cost Considerations:
  • Contractors can charge for travel time.
  • Contractors can charge a fuel surcharge on travel and equipment.
  • Contractors may charge a "minimum amount" to bring equipment to the property.
  • Residents may require a contractor to winterize their septic and pump each fall, and 'start-up' each spring.
  • Effluent pumps may freeze and seize requiring a contractor to correct. It may be necessary to pay to have the tank emptied by pumper truck before service can be performed.
  • Existing septic tanks may need to be relocated on the property depending on proximity to the sewer line.
  • Buried electrical lines will require conduit to meet code.
  • Cost estimates provided in the table above likely do not include GST and PST.
  • Property owner will incur additional ongoing costs
    (eg, maintenance, removal of solid effluent from septic, hydro, etc.)
  • System requires installation of an alarm to monitor operating condition
    of property owners septic and pump.
  • Cost to retrofit an existing tank may be seriously underestimated. In addition to pumping out the
    existing tank, tank may need to be removed from ground, cleaned, divider inserted, boring, placement
    and backfill. Additionally contractors may not guarantee work if tank cracks in the process
    of retrofitting. In some instances it may be more cost effective with less risk to replace the tank.
  • Council's estimates do not include cost of removing and disposing of the old septic tank
    if replacing with new.

© Dunnottar Ratepayers Association 2012