City Providing Assistance to Affected Residents of Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory in City’s SoutheastThe precautionary drinking water advisory has been extended for the City’s southeast area and is now projected to last until September 9, 2016. “We acknowledge and regret that residents in this area have been under this advisory for a prolonged period of time,” stated Matt Noble, City Manager. “Our Engineering department is working to provide a potable water station in the area for residents and the City will be providing credits on water bills for the period of the advisory.” A portable potable water tank will be located at the intersection of 2nd Avenue SE and Lillooet Street by tomorrow (Saturday, August 20) afternoon. Residents affected by the advisory are invited to fill up their own clean containers with drinking water from this site. The City’s initial plan to flush the lines to restore chlorine levels to Water Security Agency standards has not been successful and alternate approaches are being considered. Affected residents have been directly notified and updated of the advisory status since it began on July 27. Important notes about the advisory: This is simply a precautionary measure due to low chlorine levels. There is no confirmed contamination. The City and the Water Security Agency have issued this advisory to ensure the safety and security of residents’ drinking water. The water is fine to use for hygienic purposes (showering, etc.) but should be boiled for consumptive purposes (cooking, drinking, oral hygiene). Affected residents will be advised directly when the advisory is over. Areas affected can be found on this interactive map: http://citymj.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=d521b084cfda49468a77585e3d1d17a3 The original PSA issued for this precautionary drinking water advisory can be found at: http://www.moosejaw.ca/announcements/precautionary_drinking_water_advisory_issued_for_citys_southeast.
A private property on Redland Avenue experienced a collapsed sewer on a no-corrode line last week. The repair required the City to excavate part of the month-old pavement on Redland. “It is unfortunate that we had to tear up the pavement on this street, but there was no way of knowing that this sewer collapse on private property was going to occur,” commented Darrin Stephanson, Municipal Operations Manager. In its effort to correct the backlog of paving projects, the City is expecting to encounter more such instances of sewer collapses and breaks. However, City engineers consult all available information prior to resurfacing, restoring and repaving streets. “We don’t always have access to accurate records on the age of connections on private properties and we know that paving has fallen behind in the City so we are using the information we have to be as proactive as we can,” stated Stephanson. It is important to note that when private property owners upgrade water and sewer connections on their private properties, overall taxpayers’ costs for shared infrastructure maintenance goes down.
Phase 1 of the City’s Cast Iron Water Main Replacement Project is well underway with the contractor’s two crews actively employed. Weather delays to date have amounted to 2 “no work days” and approximately 5 days where contractor time was spent pumping water from working areas. Such delays have been considered in the original project timelines and are not expected to affect the overall phase 1 timeline. The City’s interactive map indicates Phase 1, Phase 2 and completed Phase 1 sites. http://citymj.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=0967d15edb43451aae5a3cb23a63f84a Project Progress by site: 8th Avenue NW – Asphalt has been completed and the street is now open. 9th Avenue NW (Edmonton to Francis Streets) – Asphalt has been completed and the street is now open. 4th Avenue (Athabasca to Hochelaga Streets) – Service connections are complete. Asphalt paving will start soon. Ominica Street (6th to 8th Avenues) – Service connections are in progress. 6th Avenue (Grandview to Vaughn Streets) – Temporary water is scheduled to begin next week. Affected residents will be notified by the contractor of temporary water connections 3-4 days prior to temporary water connections. Summary of the steps involved in each street of the project: Contractor appointments are set up with property owners who have submitted signed agreements. The contractor does a site visit to confirm connection material and to discuss scope of work with the homeowner. The contractor notifies residents 3-4 days prior to temporary water being hooked up, indicating that access to their property will be required to provide temporary water. Once temporary water is supplied to residents on the cast iron main, the contractor replaces the main and service connections (as requested by property owners). The lines are pressure tested and disinfected and water quality and safety is confirmed through samples sent to the provincial lab. Concrete replacement, and installation of sub-base and base is completed. Asphalt repairs to trench locations are made, and the entire street is recapped with new pavement. For additional information on the Cast iron Water main Replacement program please visit the FAQ at http://www.moosejaw.ca/cast-iron-water-mains/faq . Safety As with all projects, safety comes first. City Engineering reminds residents and children to stay a safe distance from equipment and to slow down when passing crews. Pedestrians and drivers are asked to obey barricades and detour signs to ensure safety of workers in the area. Safety As with all projects, safety comes first. City Engineering reminds residents and children to stay a safe distance from equipment and to slow down when passing crews. Pedestrians and drivers are asked to obey barricades and detour signs to ensure safety of workers in the area.
Moose Jaw Transit will be offering Semester Passes for students, beginning August 20. Passes are valid from September 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017 and from February 1 to June 30, 2017. Student semester passes may be purchased at City Hall, the City’s high schools and at Saskatchewan Polytechnic for $237.50. This is a savings of $25 compared to purchasing individual monthly passes. As with all transit passes they are non-transferable and non-refundable, and must be shown to transit operators each time you board. Monthly passes for students will still be available at a cost of $52.50. Further information can be obtained from the Transit Office at 306-694-4488. A complete transit schedule is available at http://www.moosejaw.ca/city-transit/schedule .
The Kinsmen Sportsplex is now accepting registrations for Fall Learn to Swim Lessons & Advanced Courses
The City of Moose Jaw would like to advise the public that the playground located in Sunningdale Park (off of Elisia Drive) will be temporarily unavailable as the existing playground structure is being removed to allow for the construction of a new, accessible playground. Construction on the new playground will begin August 8, 2016 and is anticipated to be completed by approximately August 16, 2016.
The Current Water Advisories map is now available.
The City and the Water Security Agency have issued a Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory for the southeast areas of the City of Moose Jaw, including Pleasant View, River Park and University Heights. The area affects approximately 100 residents. Due to needed repairs, a water main has been shutoff. The shutoff has resulted in below required chlorine levels in your area. Levels have been monitored by the City since the shutoff. The City has ordered the required specialty parts to do the repairs and timeline for arrival is 7 – 10 days. Due to these low chlorine levels, residents in the area are advised to boil drinking water. This is simply a precautionary measure. There is no confirmed contamination. The water is fine to use for hygienic purposes (showering, etc.) but should be boiled for consumptive purposes (cooking, drinking, oral hygiene). The City is working with the Water Security Agency to issue this advisory to ensure the safety of residents’ drinking water. The advisory will be in effect for at least 2 weeks, beginning today. Flushing and testing will continue until chlorine levels are back up to standards of the Water Security Agency. Affected residents will be advised when the advisory is over. The City of Moose Jaw appreciates your patience and cooperation to ensure residents’ drinking water remains safe and secure.
A petition regarding the Local Improvement Program (LIP) for the City of Moose Jaw’s Cast Iron Water Main Replacement Project has been verified and a referendum will be voted on by Moose Jaw residents during the general election on Oct. 26, 2016. According to The Cities Act (Saskatchewan), when 10 per cent or more of the population of a municipality supports a petition a referendum is triggered. Once the petition is received, it must be verified. The City contracted an outside agency to perform this verification and the sufficiency report of the petition was accepted by City Council last night. After surveying residents in 2015 and receiving final approval from the Saskatchewan Municipal Board Council earlier this year, Mayor Deb Higgins and the majority of Council approved the LIP funding model for the cast iron water main replacement program. It was chosen as the fairest and most balanced approach for delivering the water main project. “We thank Moose Jaw residents for their participation in the petition process,” said Mayor Deb Higgins. “We are exploring options to help us provide more information to the public on the cast iron project, the LIP model and other funding options so they can make an informed decision on October 26.” City administration will continue to provide the public with information in the coming weeks about the cast iron water main replacement project, the LIP funding model, other funding alternatives and about the referendum.