Citizens with above-ground pools will pay an extra $50, and those with in-ground pools will pay an additional $70 on their annual tax bill.
City officials say that with roughly 1,000 private pools in the city, the new tax will bring in an extra $77,000 in revenue.
St-Lambert Mayor Alain Dépatie says it’s not about the money.
“We have to reduce consumption of water to 409 litres per person [by] December 2016,” he said.
Dépatie says the city has already reduced water consumption by installing water meters, and soon it will regulate how much water people use to water their lawns.
Jean-Paul Giacometti, a resident of St-Lambert who has an inground pool in his backyard, considers the tax fair.
“People have a pool usually can afford it so an extra $70 is not that much when you think about it, considering how much water you put in your pool,” Giacometti said.
The city says it’s following the lead of several other cities in the Montreal area which already charge pool taxes.