Irrigation Rate

We're working to keep rates affordable while ensuring we continue to provide clean, safe, and reliable electricity. An interim rate decrease of 1.01% came into effect April 1 and is reflected in the rate schedules shown below.

About Irrigation Rates

The Irrigation Service Rate is available for motor loads of 746 watts (1 horsepower) or more for irrigation and outdoor sprinkling, where electricity will be used principally during the irrigation season. If your electricity use is for other purposes, contact us to see if there's a more appropriate rate for your account. Irrigation accounts receive service under rate schedule 1401 of the Electric Tariff.

Irrigation Season – March 1 to October 31

The irrigation season may be extended up to November 30, at BC Hydro's discretion, to permit customers to fill reservoirs necessary for operation of the irrigation/sprinkling system.

Important note: You must send your request for an extension of the season to BC Hydro before October 31.

Energy Charge

All kWh at $0.0606 per kWh.

Minimum Charge

$6.06 per kW of connected load (pump motor size rated in kilowatts) per month. Charge will apply whether consumption is registered or not.

Note: If an irrigation pump motor is rated in horsepower, the conversion from horsepower to kilowatts is:

hp x 746 watts/1,000 = kW



Non-Irrigation Season – November 1 to February 28

Energy Charge

First 150 kWh at $0.0606 per kWh.

Additional kWh at $0.4803 per kWh.

Minimum Charge

First 500 kWh at $0.

Additional kWh at $48.45 per kW of connected load.



Meter reading and billing

Meter readings are normally taken three times per year. For the irrigation season, two bills will be provided.

  • The first bill following the mid-season reading for the greater of the energy charge or the Minimum Charge for the period March 1 to the mid-season reading date.
  • The second bill following the end of October reading for the greater of the energy charge for the season or Minimum Charge for the season, less payment received for the first billing charges.

For the non-irrigation season, one bill will be provided.

  • Following the March reading (on or about March 1)

To help ensure that your meter can properly register your consumption and communicate the information back to BC Hydro, please do not turn off any electricity breaker upstream of the BC Hydro meter during the non-irrigation season.

If you meet these eligibility requirements and wish to be placed on the Irrigation Service Rate, please submit your declaration [PDF, 190 KB] and required documents.

Please note that in the event of differences between the details noted here and the official Electric Tariff issued by BC Hydro, the official Electric Tariff will prevail.

Exempt Residential Service Rate for farms

The Exempt Residential Service Rate is available to eligible farms. If you are currently on the Residential Conservation Rate but your property is classified as a farm and the electricity is for farm use, you may be eligible for the Exempt Residential Service Rate. Electricity service under the Exempt Residential Service Rate must not be used for:

  • Any dwelling other than a single-family dwelling.
  • The processing of farm products that aren't produced on your farm.
  • The selling of farm products or other products to the public, other than from a small roadside stand.
  • Any commercial use not normally carried out on a farm.

If you meet these eligibility requirements and wish to be placed on the Exempt Residential Service Rate, please submit your declaration [PDF, 32 KB] and required documents.

Customers under the Exempt Residential Service Rate receive service under rate schedule 1151 of the Electric Tariff.

Basic Charge

A small, daily amount that partially recovers fixed customer-related costs, including customer service channels, metering, billing, payment processing, collections, and distribution system costs that are customer-related (electrical lines and transformers).

$0.2206 per day.

Energy Charge

$0.1121 per kWh.

Minimum Charge

$0.2206 per day.

Equal to the Basic Charge.



Please note that in the event of differences between the details noted here and the official Electric Tariff issued by BC Hydro, the official Electric Tariff will prevail.