KAWARTHA LAKES-Due to an essential capital project for the internal and external coating of the Bobcaygeon water tower tank, which requires the water tower to be taken offline for the duration of the project, the municipality will be implementing Phase One Water Restrictions in accordance with By-Law 2018-039 A By-Law to Regulate Water and Wastewater Services in Kawartha Lakes.
Officials say this is necessary to ensure there is adequate water supply for essential uses.
Water Conservation Measures will begin Monday August 9, 2021 until approximately November 26, 2021.
This project involves the recoating and rehabilitation of the interior of the Bobcaygeon Tower Tank and minor recoating and repairs to the exterior, including but not limited to:
- Remove existing interior coating of tank and apply a new coating system on the interior surface
- Recoat roof handrail and hatches on the Tank
- Install new fall arrest system on various ladders and other safety upgrades to meet current standards
- Open the exterior cladding at selected locations in order to inspect the exterior coating system
The project is estimated to cost: $957,000
Residents of Bobcaygeon who are on municipal water services are asked to implement water conservation practices.
The municipality has the authority to implement water conservation measures when one or more of the following signs are observed and/or continue:
- Well water levels are starting to drop below seasonal levels;
- Pump running times are longer than normal;
- Dry weather is predicted;
- and/or water demand is higher than normal
Phase One Water Restrictions include:
- A property with an odd-numbered municipal address shall water lawns, sports fields, grassy areas, trees, shrubs, gardens, flowers or other vegetation at that property on a day which is identified on the calendar with an odd number;
- A property with an even-numbered municipal address shall water lawns, sports fields, grassy areas, trees, shrubs, gardens, flowers or other vegetation at that property on a day which is identified on the calendar with an even number;
- Watering of lawns, sports fields, grassy areas, trees, shrubs, gardens, flowers or other vegetation shall only be watered between the hours of:
- Six o’clock (6:00 am) in the morning and nine o’clock (9:00 am) in the morning, or
- Seven o’clock (7:00 pm) in the evening and ten o’clock (10:00 pm) in the evening.
Please note that Phase One water restrictions are enforceable.
Phase Two Water Restrictions may be required should the above measures prove insufficient.
What residents can expect
- Water quality – The water will continue to be safe to drink. If pressure fluctuations are experienced, it is possible there may be discoloured water for a period of time. Please try running the cold tap for five minutes to clear it. If discolouration persists, please report this to the municipality by calling 705-324-9411 during business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.
- Water pressure – The water system pressure will be maintained by highlift pumps at the water treatment plant. The highlift pumps are equipped with variable frequency drives that would operate the pumps faster or slower to maintain water pressure in the distribution system. Residents may experience periods of water pressure fluctuations.
- Safety maintained – The Fire department have been advised of this project. Fire response will be maintained.