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City establishes process to assist with compliance of mandatory connection by-law

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May 24, 2016 - The City of Kawartha Lakes is taking steps to assist property owners to comply with the by-law 2014-255 that requires mandatory water or wastewater connection to municipal services. The by-law states that any property with a building requiring water or wastewater servicing which fronts onto a road allowance with existing municipal services is required to connect within eighteen months of passing of the by-law.

The by-law implementation will be phased in, beginning with an area within Fenelon Falls this month. Approximately thirty property owners in the Fenelon Falls area will begin receiving notices later this month. Staff will monitor the rollout in this area involving the water service connection and make any necessary adjustments to ensure a smooth implementation of the by-law requirements throughout the rest of the City at a later date.

The original Mandatory Connection By-law 2005-075 requiring connection was updated and passed by Council in 2014.  Since that time, Public Works staff has worked to establish a process for implementation of the by-law requirements and lessen the financial burden on residents. The City recognizes that the one-time cost to connect to municipal services can be a significant investment for property owners. The information packages sent to affected residents will include a step-by-step process for connecting their property to the City’s main, disconnecting wells, all required forms, and a financing option in relation to the frontage and connection charges. In addition, staff have proposed that the City exempt residents from the cost of plumbing permits and will bring this forward to Council this month.

The by-law is in place to ensure that all properties within areas that are serviced by the City’s water and wastewater facilities are in fact connected to the system. For many years, the City and select residents have supported the cost of these services. By ensuring all nearby properties are connected, there will be greater financial support to sustain the infrastructure. In addition, being connected to City distribution services helps reduce the risk of potential sources of water contamination.

“The City maintains twenty-one water treatment plants and six sewage plants and has invested millions of dollars in upgrades and maintenance. Residents that become connected to City services will be assured of clean, safe drinking water and sewage treatment,” comments Councillor Doug Elmslie, Ward 6.

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For information please contact:

David Kerr
Manager of Environmental Services
705-324-9411 extension 1118
dkerr@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

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