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Town comes up dry on new water sources in Alliston

Posted November 25, 2019

New Tecumseth's plan to boost its water capacity by tapping new groundwater sources failed to yield any significant results, council was told this morning during a 2020 budget working session.

The search for new production wells is part of the broader water supply master plan study which also includes as its top priority the pipeline connection to Tottenham. That project is in the 2020 budget with over $16 million committed for construction to begin next year.

Adding new wells is a strategy to meet short term allocation issues for current needs until a long term solution, which is a new water treatment plant in Collingwood, comes on line.

Asked by Deputy Mayor Richard Norcross where the new wells were going to be located, Rick Vatri, New Tecumseth's Director of Engineering, broke the news the drilling program has “not been successful at this point."

Mr. Vatri said a further report spelling out the situation was pending, and it appeared the next available option "will be optimizing current ones."

The 2020 budget includes $825,000 cost from development charges for the "Schedule "B" EA and Hydrogeological Investigation for a new production well(s) and future transmission mains to connect to main Alliston distribution system in the Alliston area."

Alliston and Beeton are connected to the Georgian Bay pipeline from Collingwood, and the local supply is supplemented by the piped water, and existing wells. Adding Tottenham to the system ahead of Collingwood's expansion, will further stress the supply.

More details will be provided in Mr. Vatri's updated report.

All stories, unless otherwise noted,
by Tony Veltri