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Substandard Watermain Replacement

Project Status - Construction

Project Information

The Town of The Blue Mountains has identified thirteen sections of watermain that have been classified as substandard and require upgrade. Engineering Services have been completed and the intent of the Substandard Watermain Replacement Program is to begin Phase 1 construction in 2021 and begin Phase 2 construction in 2022. The project will have positive impacts on the municipality including:

  1. Improved Water Movement within the water piping system
  2. Improved Firewater Flow
  3. Increasing the water movement within the piping network, reducing the opportunity of stagnant water and increasing water quality
  4. Operational Savings through a reduction of monthly manual flushing of waterlines

Four areas have been identified by Town staff as part of Phase 1 for Construction in 2021. These areas are

  1. Wellington Street South in Thornbury between Louisa Street East and Arthur Street East
  2. Lansdowne Street North in Thornbury at Bay Street West
  3. Arthur Street East in Thornbury from McAuley Street South to Elgin Street South
  4. Napier Street East in Thornbury from Bruce Street South to Russell Street East

Watermain replacement was to be completed between Fraser Crescent and Blue Mountain Drive in 2021 but has been rescheduled to 2022.

Work is to commence no sooner than May 17, 2021 with work to be substantially completed by October 30, 2021 and all restoration finished no later than November 27, 2021. 

Project Updates

September 10th, 2021: SMRS Construction has been installing new watermain on Arthur Street East this week. They will test, commission, and connect the new watermain to the rest of the Town’s distribution system next week. Napier Street East and Lansdowne Street North were paved last week, and are receiving final touch ups.

August 23rd, 2021: SMRS Construction is completing the watermain installation and commissioning process on Lansdowne Street North this week. They are also fine grading Napier Street East to prepare it for paving. They will be moving on to start watermain construction on Arthur Street East nearer the end of this week. 

August 9th, 2021: A majority of the new watermain has been installed on Napier Street. Work will continue on Napier Street including at the Russell Street intersection. Work is expected to be completed on Napier Street by the end of the week of August 9th or early the week of August 16th. The watermain at Bay and Lansdowne will be installed the week of August 9th. 

September 20th, 2021: SMRS Construction is continuing to drill in the new watermain this week on Louisa Street East and Wellington Street South. They are completing final clean-up on Lansdowne Street North and Napier Street East. Only final watermain connections and clean-up remain on Arthur Street East. The contractor is expecting to wrap up the remainder of the project in the next few weeks.

Project Notices

April 6th, 2021 - Lane Restriction Notice - Alice St W, Baring St, Peel St. S, April 6-9 2021

April 6th, 2021 - Lane Restriction Notice - Napier Street West to Victoria Street South April 6-8, 2021 

April 6th, 2021 - Lane Restriction Notice - Woodland Park Road (Full Length), Camperdown 

March 18th, 2021 - RE: Upcoming Construction Activity on Wellington Street South at Arthur Street East

March 18th, 2021 - RE: Upcoming Construction Activity on Blue Mountain Drive and Fraser Crescent

Contact Information

For additional information contact:

Town Consultant
Jamie Witherspoon, P.Eng.
WT Infrastructure Solutions Inc.
Email: jamie.witherspoon@wtinfrastructure.ca


Town of The Blue Mountains Project Manager
Maurice Dempster
Senior Infrastructure Capital Project Coordinator
Email: mdempster@thebluemountains.ca
519-599-3131 ext. 236



Senior Infrastructure Capital project Coordinator
519-599-3131 x236