Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission
The Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission (CK PUC) was formed in 1998 from the amalgamation of 23 townships and 13 public utility commissions in Kent County. Since that time, we have been successful in creating a utility system serving 110,000 people. This includes a major construction program of water main connections between townships.
The joining of the former utilities creates an opportunity for CK PUC to review and address all cost savings. Our design takes into account the competitive environment in which we operate. Savings have been found due to the combined water and wastewater operations, the joining of hydro and water/wastewater billing and collecting systems, as well as the partnership for bill and payment processing.
CK PUC currently operates the following:
- 6 water treatment plants with distribution systems
- 1 stand alone water distribution system
- approximately 1,710 km of water mains, 3,321 hydrants and 39,636 customer connections
- 8 wastewater treatment plants / collection systems
- 2 lagoon systems
- approximately 533 km of sanitary sewers lines, 50 km of combined sanitary and storm sewer lines, 23,381 km of private drain connections and 29,493 customer connections to sanitary sewers
CK PUC is a member of the Tri-County Primary Water System; supplies water to Lakeshore and has water service interconnections with the Lambton area water system and the Municipality of Leamington.
CK PUC has developed a strategic plan to address Asset Management that focuses on both the fixed assets and the human resource assets.
CK PUC is fully funded through rates and water/sewer charges, and have one of the lowest rates in Southwestern Ontario. We have detailed succession planning, staff training and certification programs.