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Paying Your Water Bill

Water distribution and wastewater treatment services are funded through user fees; no tax dollars are collected to provide City water services.  

The City of Owen Sound has a number of options available to our customers for payment of your water bill:

  • In person: At City Hall during normal business hours. We accept payment by cheque, cash, or debit.

  • Cheques: Cheques may be dropped in the after-hours drop box located at the front door of City Hall - please include the detachable portion of your bill. We recommend that you place your cheque in a sealed envelope with 'water billing' written upon it. Please do not place cash in the drop box.

  • At your bank or trust company: Pay at the teller or through an ATM. You are responsible to pay any service charges levied by them. Please take the entire bill with you.

  • Internet/telephone banking: Most financial institutions offer the "City of Owen Sound" or "Owen Sound City" as one of their payments. Be sure to pick "Water" and not taxes to ensure that your payment is applied to the correct account.

  • Mail: You may mail your cheque to City Hall - please include the detachable portion of the bill.
    City of Owen Sound - Water Billing Department 
    808 2nd Ave East
    Owen Sound, ON
    N4K 2H4
  • Pre-authorized payment (PAD) plan: Payments are automatically deducted from your bank account on the due date of each bill.

    Set up a pre-authorized debit plan to pay your Water Bill conveniently and efficiently. Payments are automatically deducted from your bank account on the due date of each bill. Residents are provided the convenient option to either:

    Returned payments (i.e. NSF) are subject to a $40.00 charge as well as penalty charges. 

    To be eligible to enroll in any of our PAD plans, there must be no outstanding arrears on your water account.

    Pre-authorized payment Cancellation

    If you would like to end your enrollment in our pre-authorized debit plan for water billing, please return the completed
    Pre-Authorization Cancellation form to us at least 10 days prior to your next due date.

    Banking Information Change

    If you are currently enrolled in our pre-authorized debit plan and wish to update your banking information, 
    Banking information Change Request form must be submitted along with a new void cheque.

Credit card: Payments may be completed through Paymentus. This secure, third-party online payment provider accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express for a convenience fee.
Online: Paymentus 

Over the phone: 1-888-253-8916


There is a processing fee of 2.5% for credit card transactions.

    • The maximum payment is $5,000.00 per transaction. Multiple payments can be made as separate transactions toward your account.
    • Please allow up to two business days for processing.
    • You will receive an e-mail confirmation of payment for online payments or a confirmation number by phone.
    • You will need your 11-digit water account number to make a payment.

Payment must be received at City Hall by the due date to avoid penalty. A late payment charge of 1.5% (18% per annum) is calculated on the amount outstanding and will be added to the water utility account on the 15th of each month after the due date, and on the 15th of each month thereafter. 

For more information, questions, or comments please contact our Utilities Collection Clerk at 519-376-4440 ext. 1243 or


Contact Us

808 2nd Avenue East,
Owen Sound, ON
N4K 2H4
Phone: 519-376-1440
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