Water main break proves costly for Minden Hills
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | September 7, 2017
A water main break in Minden during the spring flood cost the township more than $24,000 to fix.
Staff located the break May 9 on Water Street. As a result, two businesses and seven homes were without water. But the township utilized a “temporary main to service the nine properties” to continue providing water to them, according to a report by Ivan Ingram, environmental and property operations manager.
“The temporary main was installed, servicing the properties by May 12,” said Ingram.
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit imposed a boil water advisory for those affected. The advisory was lifted May 19 once the results came back negative for coliforms and E. coli.
Despite attempts to get quotes from three local contractors, only one was available to do the work, reported Ingram. The township hired W.G. Jackett and Sons Construction Ltd. of Fenelon Falls.
“We’re very happy with the work and very, very pleased with the cost,” Ingram told council, adding he would hire them again.
Part of the expenses included a $3,500 payment to the Ontario Clean Water Agency for the supply and installation of the temporary water main. The services of Tulloch Engineering came in at about $1,000.
The repairs weren’t included in the 2017 budget. In the absence of a department surplus, the money will come from the water reserve, he said.
Council approved the payment for the emergency repairs.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.