A break, maintenance or needed repair on a watermain serving Dain City could see residents left without water, says Welland’s infrastructure services director Sherri-Marie Millar.
“What the situation is now is that we have one 400-millimeter-diameter watermain that serves all of Dain City,” she said during Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
Before politicians was a report calling for a contract to be awarded to Kerry T. Howe Engineering Ltd. for the completion of detailed design and construction services for the Dain City redundancy and security of water supply project for $ 172,695.
Ward 6 Coun. Bonnie Fokkens, whose ward includes Dain City, asked how much money was being spent on the project.
Millar said the city received funding under a program that will see the province kick in $ 1.6 million, and the federal government $ 1.9 million.
The city’s portion of the $ 4.87-million project is $ 1.3 million, which will see 1,500 meters of watermain along Canal Bank Road, seven new hydrants, and additional valves and connections.
The new watermain will connect to the existing distribution system south of Ontario Road and loop to provide redundancy and security if anything happens to the existing watermain.
“We would always have a supply if anything happened to either watermain,” Millar said, adding it is important to have the system loop.
Millar said a tender to carry out the installation of the watermain would not be tendered until at least the last quarter of the year.
Asked by Fokkens if it could be delayed due to all of the construction in Dain City and the lack of a bridge over the former canal, Millar said staff would be cognizant of ongoing work.