Tag Archives: water

COMMENT: The good and the bad of Ottawa’s proposed new water rates

(Construction is underway for the Kanata West Pump Station on Maple Grove Road, part of a $60-million sewer infrastructure project in Kanata-Stittsville. This photo is from last April.)

Four things stand out after Ottawa’s Environment Committee recently unanimously approved a new water, wastewater and stormwater fee structure. (Council will consider this issue on October 26.) Continue reading


SHARE THIS

Pipeline spill would impact Ottawa drinking water, says report

(Press release via Ecology Ottawa)

A spill from the proposed Energy East pipeline could have catastrophic impacts on the Rideau, Mississippi and Ottawa rivers, and put the region’s drinking water at risk. These are the findings of a new report by the independent Montreal-based technical firm Savaria Experts-Conseils Inc. Continue reading


SHARE THIS

MOFFATT: No perfect way to collect stormwater fees

(Here’s a note shared by Rideau-Goulbourn Councillor Scott Moffatt today via email.)

“There simply is no perfect way to collect fees on the basis of fairness. Each and every property contributes differently. Short of any perfect solution, we have the proposal before us.”

In March and April of this year, residents were informed of the City of Ottawa’s Water, Sewer and Stormwater Rate Structure Review. Over the course of those two months, we shared much information on the matter and you were very involved in these discussions. Once again, I would like to thank everyone who contacted me, submitted comments to the City and attended the public consultation sessions. The April 7th meeting held in North Gower was attended by approximately 250 residents.  Continue reading


SHARE THIS

What the city’s proposed new water rates mean for you

The city released its proposed new water rate structure Monday and for most people in Stittsville it could mean a slight increase – or even decrease – to your bill, assuming you’re hooked up to the City’s water and you’re not on a private well or septic system.

The structure would add a flat connection fee to your bill on top of the existing rate based on water usage. It would also break the sewer surcharge into two items: a fixed-and-variable rate sewer fee and a fixed-rate stormwater fee. Continue reading


SHARE THIS

Precautionary Boil Water Advisory in effect for Carp communal well water users

(via Ottawa Public Health)

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has issued a precautionary Boil Water Advisory for the users of the Carp communal well water system. The advisory is being issued due to a loss of pressurization within Carp communal well water system. Investigation into the cause is underway. This advisory affects approximately 715 households and is in effect until further notice.

The advisory is in effect for all residents of village of Carp.

City staff are on location in Carp village delivering notices to affected residents.

Water users in the affected area are asked to bring their water to a rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for all consumption purposes, including drinking, making juice, ice and infant formula, as well as for use in food preparation.

After boiling, if water is not needed immediately, it should be placed in clean containers to cool in the refrigerator. Boiled water should be used when brushing teeth. Boiled water should also be used to rinse dishes after washing. Other non-consumption uses, such as showering, are safe.

If you are unable to boil water, you should consume only bottled water.  More info available here:What you should know during a boil water advisory.

This advisory will be rescinded once Ottawa Public Health is satisfied that water quality has been restored and tap water is safe to drink. 

Additional information is available at ottawa.ca, or by calling 3-1-1, or Ottawa Public Health at613-580-6744.  You can also connect with Ottawa Public Health on Facebook and Twitter(@ottawahealth).


SHARE THIS

Precautionary Boil Water Advisory in effect for Kings Park communal well water users in Richmond

UPDATE: The boil water advisory has been lifted as of Sunday evening.

(press release from Ottawa Public Health)

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has issued a precautionary Boil Water Advisory for users of the communal well water system in the Kings Park community in Richmond. The advisory is being issued due to a depressurization in the communal well system in the area. This advisory is in effect until further notice.

City staff will be on location in Richmond delivering notices to affected residents.

Water users in the affected area are asked to bring their water to a rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for all consumption purposes, including drinking, making juice, ice and infant formula, as well as for use in food preparation.

After boiling, if water is not needed immediately, it should be placed in clean containers to cool in the refrigerator. Boiled water should be used when brushing teeth. Boiled water should also be used to rinse dishes after washing. Other non-consumption uses, such as showering, are safe.

If you are unable to boil water, you should consume only bottled water. More info available here:What you should know during a boil water advisory.

This advisory will be rescinded once Ottawa Public Health is satisfied that water quality has been restored and tap water is safe to drink.

Additional information is available at ottawa.ca, or by calling 3-1-1, or Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744.  You can also connect with Ottawa Public Health on Facebook and Twitter (@ottawahealth).


SHARE THIS

Fire hydrant testing in Stittsville June 14-17

Minion fire hydrant, as seen on Stonepath Crescent in Crossing Bridge

(via City of Ottawa)

Did you know that the City has over 22,000 fire hydrants? To ensure they are in working order, all City hydrants are tested annually. The following streets will be tested between June 14 and June 17.  Most are in the Fairwinds, Johnwoods, Arcadia and Richardson Ridge communities. Continue reading


SHARE THIS

PHOTOS: Brownies paint yellow fish to raise awareness about stormwater

The 10th Stittsville Brownies were painting yellow fish in Fairwinds on Thursday night. They’re as a reminderthat what you put down the drain eventually makes its way into rivers, lakes and streams, impacting the health of animals and people.

They painted yellow fish stencils next to storm drains on Riverfront, Tempest and Showandasee. The words “RAINWATER ONLY” are meant to remind people of the impact we have on nature and the environment.

The program is sponsored by the Ottawa Riverkeeper and Trout Unlimited Canada. Photos via Kerry Reimer. Continue reading


SHARE THIS

OPEN HOUSE: Upcoming flood prevention work in Stittsville South

(via City of Ottawa)

Following the July 2009 flooding event in Stittsville, flood control measures were evaluated and a mitigation plan was recommended. The current phase of the plan consists of undertaking flood control measures in the Westwood, Cypress Gardens, Basswood, West Wind, Woodside and Harris lands neighbourhoods,.  This area extends from Hartsmere Drive to the south, Abbott Street to the north and the development limits to the east and west. Continue reading


SHARE THIS

COMMENT: Sustainability, not revenue, should drive stormwater fees

Photo: Construction is underway for the Kanata West Pump Station on Maple Grove Road, part of a $60-million water infrastructure project in Kanata-Stittsville.

The City’s proposal to initiate a stormwater fee separate from water and waste water charges has stirred much passion. In the heat of the argument, the basic principle underlying a stormwater fee needs to be reasserted: You pave, you pay. Continue reading


SHARE THIS

NOTEBOOK: New date added for water rate consultations

The City has added another public consultation session for proposed changes to water/sewer rates, and this one is nearby in Kanata. This one’s on Monday, April 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kanata Recreation Complex, 100 Charlie Rogers Place (formerly Walter Baker Place), Hall A.  That’s just off Terry Fox near Hazeldean. More info…

Recommended reading: Kitchissippi councillor Jeff Leiper commissioned an independent study of different approaches that the City could take to change water and sewer fees.  This is a complicated file and I don’t envy councillors as they try to find a more equitable way to charge for these services. You can read the study here…


SHARE THIS

Unique aqua physio clinic opens on Iber

PHOTO: Hydrathletics co-owner and manager Shawna Emmott along with founder Joe Stilwell. Photo by Devyn Barrie.

“Taking the weight off, taking the pressure off… it allows people that have major injuries that can’t do anything on land, to do it in the water.”

Aqua-based physiotherapy has long been popular for pro athletes, and the owners of a new gym in Stittsville hope to bring it into the mainstream in our community.

The Stittsville location of Hydrathletics opened Monday at 154 Iber Road.  Continue reading


SHARE THIS

BACKFLOW TO THE FUTURE: City proposes prevention program

(press release)

The City of Ottawa is holding public consultations about the proposed Backflow Prevention Program, which will require businesses, institutions and multi-residential buildings to install and maintain backflow prevention devices.

These devices will help prevent backflow incidents that can occur when low water pressure causes contaminants to flow from buildings into the drinking water system. Backflow is a potential source of drinking water contamination and poses a risk to public health.

Consultations will take place on:

  • Wednesday, March 2 from 8 to 10 a.m., Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, Ellwood Hall, 1265 Walkley Road
  • Tuesday, March 8 from 1 to 3 p.m., Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, Kiwanis Hall, 300 Pères-Blancs Avenue
  • Thursday, March 10 from 6 to 8 p.m., Ben Franklin Place, Chamber Hall, 101 Centrepointe Drive

Anyone interested in attending a consultation is asked to RSVP to backflow@ottawa.ca.

An online survey will be available on ottawa.ca/backflow from March 2 to 31. Information gathered during the consultations and from the survey will assist City staff in developing a report to Council. Implementation of the program is planned for January 1, 2017.

Receive more information about Backflow Prevention Program at ottawa.ca/backflow or by email atbackflow@ottawa.ca.


SHARE THIS

Boil Water Advisory for King’s Park residents in Richmond

(via the City of Ottawa)

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has issued a precautionary Boil Water Advisory for users of the King’s Park communal well water system in the village of Richmond. The advisory is being issued due to an equipment malfunction which has resulted in a loss of water pressure in the area.  This advisory affects approximately 215 water users and is in effect until further notice.

City staff are on location delivering notices to affected residents.

Water users in the affected area are asked to bring their water to a rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for all consumption purposes, including drinking, making juice, ice and infant formula, as well as for use in food preparation.

After boiling, the water should be left to cool before being used, or it should be placed in clean containers to cool in the refrigerator. Boiled water should be used when brushing teeth. Boiled water should also be used to rinse dishes after washing. Other non-consumption uses, such as showering, are safe.

If you are unable to boil water, you should consume only bottled water.  More info available here: What you should know during a boil water advisory.

This advisory will be rescinded once Ottawa Public Health is satisfied that water quality has been restored and tap water is safe to drink.  Bringing the water to a rolling boil for at least one minute will kill the microorganisms.

Additional information is available at ottawa.ca, or by calling 3-1-1, or Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744.  You can also connect with Ottawa Public Health on Facebook and Twitter (@ottawahealth).


SHARE THIS

Residents question health of Poole Creek wetland

(Above: Stittsville residents are concerned about the health of the Upper Poole Creek Wetland.  From left to right: Marcos Alvarez, Jonah Alvarez, Andrea Sedgwick, Ken McRae, Sylvie Sabourin, Mila (last name unknown). Photo via Ken McRae, October 2014.)

The Upper Poole Creek wetland is one of Stittsville’s greatest natural features. So many of us walk our dogs, jog, cycle or otherwise explore the Trans Canada Trail, and stop at the observation deck to look out over the marsh.

Sometimes you’ll see turtles, small fish, frogs, birds. It’s about a kilometre west of suburban boundary of Stittsville, and some of the best views are at sunrise and sunset. Continue reading


SHARE THIS

City staff want conversation with culvert blockers

(PHOTO: Stones blocking the culvert under the Trans Canada Trail, October 2014.  Photo courtesy of Phil Sweetnam.)

City officials want to know who keeps plugging up a culvert under the Trans Canada Trail, and why they’re doing it.

“We initially thought it was just kids throwing stones in,” says John Kukalis, Manager of Surface Water Management for the City. “Somebody keeps going back in there and blocking the culverts up with stones and trying to create an impoundment of water.” Continue reading


SHARE THIS

Concerns over discoloured water at Sacred Heart

Staff at Sacred Heart High School sent a note home to parents today after concerns about water contamination :

I would like to inform parents and guardians about a situation that arose today regarding the water at Sacred Heart High School. It was noted that the hot water in the cafeteria kitchen was discoloured. As a precaution, the maintenance department of the School Board advised the school not to use the water until the source of the discolouration was determined. This investigation determined that this was an isolated problem dedicated to the cafeteria only. The cafeteria was closed immediately. Bottled water was made available to students and staff. The drinking fountains and cold water service has been reinstated and is safe for school use. We appreciate the cooperation of all students and staff.

Continue reading


SHARE THIS

Fire hydrant testing begins this week

(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)

The City of Ottawa will be testing about 10,000 fire hydrants in the south, central and west ends of the City beginning today and ending in October. Hydrants are inspected annually to ensure that they are ready should they be needed by Ottawa Fire Services.

While hydrants are being tested, neighbouring households may experience temporary inconveniences such as discoloured water and reduced water pressure. The discoloured water, which occurs when the testing process disturbs sediments in the water pipes, does not affect water quality but can stain laundry.

Residents are encouraged to turn off their taps for 10 to 20 minutes and to not do laundry while crews are testing the fire hydrants nearby. When work crews have left the area, turn on a cold water tap for a few minutes until the water runs clear.

The planned work schedule is posted on ottawa.ca. This will be updated regularly as work progresses. Unforeseen circumstances may require changes to the work plan, so residents should check the schedule frequently.

The City thanks residents for their patience and co-operation.


SHARE THIS