City cuts residents some slack on their water bills

Barrie residential water/wastewater account holders who have suffered from financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 can now apply to eliminate the fixed charge for water and wastewater on their next bi-monthly bill.
To apply, visit Water Billing at www.barrie.ca/WaterServices and complete the Residential Water and Wastewater Covid-19 Pandemic Relief Request form. Residents are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as there is limited funding available for this program. Landlords are required to pass the water bill relief on to tenants if water charges are included in their rent.
In addition, the payment due date grace periods have been extended from 35 to 63 days for all residents, and from 30 to 63 days for all businesses for the next two billing periods (effective April 23, 2020). The extended due date will be indicated on all water/wastewater bills.
The City will continually update its website at barrie.ca/Services as the situation changes. 
Resources:
• Service Barrie: 705-726-4242 or servicebarrie@barrie.ca
• Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: 705-721-7520 or simcoemuskokahealth.org/
• Ontario 211: Community and Social Services: call 211 or visit communityconnection.ca
• Canadian Mental Health Association: cmha.ca
• Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or kidshelpphone.ca

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