If you live in town, basic utilities are provided by the community. These include water and sewer. Electricity and natural gas for heat are provided by Manitoba Hydro. Other community services in town are sewage (included in all housing) and garbage disposal.
If you live in the country, you are responsible to have your own water and sewage system.
You may need to have electricity and gas connected, and a fee may be charged. In some cases you only need to call with your address and the billing will be changed to your name.
Call this number before doing any ground work on your property to avoid hitting service lines.
Every dwelling has electrical service. You may need to have this re-connected, or you may simply change the billing name.
After hours electricity problem - 1-888-624-9376
Some homes are heated and have kitchen stoves or water heaters that use natural gas, others are only electrical.
Emergency or Loss of Service - 24 Hour Problem -1-800-465-3816
Pets and Animals
Pet animals are allowed in town. These include cats, dogs or other small animals. Dogs need to be licensed at the town office. There are limits on the number of dogs and cats you can have in town. Contact your town office for details.
On rural property all domesticated farm animals are allowed (horses, cattle, pigs, chickens, sheep, goats etc.). Some exotic animals such as llamas, ostriches etc. are also allowed. Large animal numbers per acre may be restricted.
Veterinarians in Russell (773-3777) and ShoalLake (759-2727) provide small and large animal care. There are also grooming services.
Water and Sewer
Drinking water in towns is treated and safe. In town, sewer and water are installed with each dwelling.
Water and sewer services are metered and billed quarterly –March, June, September and December. The Public Works Department will read the water meters once a year –near the end of September. For the remaining three readings, a card is sent to you that must be filled out and returned to Town office. The cards may also be returned to the mailbox on the outside of the building, a message can be left on the telephone answering service with the reading and your name and address or you can send an email. Outstanding water bills are charged interest at 1.25% per month. In conjunction with the incentive program, a stamped paid water receipt will be sent to you along with the water reading request.
Call the town office for problems with the services outside the home. A plumber is called for problems inside the house, such as a plugged drain.
Outside town, water comes from a well. Check with the Agriculture Office (773-5130) to test the quality of the water for drinking.
For people living in town, garbage is picked up weekly on Mondays between and . Please do not set garbage out on any other day. The garbage should be set out in the back lane in a closed container so as to dissuade any rodents or birds. If the back lane is not accessible, the container should be placed on your front street.
A garbage dump is located outside town for disposal of large items or large quantities of waste including leaves, grass clippings or branches or for people who do not live in town. It is open on Tuesdays, ; Thursdays, and Saturdays, . From April to September the garbage dump is also open on Tuesdays from to .
If you have a large amount of garbage or garden refuse, you may rent the truck from the Town for $25 per day. In October, the Public Works Department will also haul away garden refuse. The fee for garbage pick up in town is $15 per quarter and is included with the water bill.
Recycling is picked up for residents living in the Town of Rossburn on Thursday mornings. Recyclables must be placed out in the back lane in a Blue Box recycling bin. Recycling bins are available from the Town of Rossburn.
A recycling depot is also available at the North end of the Rossburn Collegiate Institute, for those living outside of Town to drop of their recyclables.