Projects and Studies

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Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) Projects

The Municipality will complete construction work related to the following six (6) projects that received provincial funding as part of the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) program.  Each of these projects will benefit either the water, wastewater or storm water systems in the Municipality of Leamington. 

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Separation of Sewers on Lorne, Gladstone, Melrose, Henry and William Avenue 

This project will include preparation of plans and specifications to obtain approvals necessary for tendering and constructing this sewer separation project.  Works will include sewer, roadway, sidewalk and lighting.  The existing 71 homes are currently serviced by an aging combination sewer that flows downstream to separated sewer system and combined sewer overflows to Lake Erie.  The eligible costs are limited to public/municipal property and assets.  This project is currently in the engineering/design stage and is partly funded through Infrastructure Canada.

 

Total Project Cost - $200,000

Program Contributions (Eligible Expenditures) - $100,000

Provincial Contributions - $50,000

Municipal Contribution - $50,000

 Separation of Sewers on Parkdale and Coronation Street
This project will include preparation of plans and specifications to obtain approvals necessary for tendering and constructing this sewer separation project.  Works will include sewer, roadway, sidewalk and lighting.  The project affects 56 homes that are currently serviced by an aging combination sewer that flows downstream to a separated sewer system.  The eligible costs are limited to public/municipal property and assets.  Parkdale was reconstructed in 2017 and Coronation is awaiting approval.

 

Total Project Cost - $952,000

Program Contributions (Eligible Expenditures) - $431,000

Provincial Contributions - $215,500

Municipal Contribution - $215,500

 Seacliff Trunk Sanitary Sewer Study 
This study will provide guidance on the steps and costs to separate and remove combined sewage from the trunk, and provide sewer service to areas along Lake Erie.  As the Seacliff Trunk Sanitary Sewer currently accepts sanitary and combined sewage from the southern portion of Leamington, servicing additional areas is not permitted by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change regardless of available capacity.  Once the Seacliff Trunk Sanitary Sewer is fully separated, it will allow for future sanitary servicing of existing homes and properties along Lake Erie that are currently using septic systems.  This study is complete and is partly funded through Infrastructure Canada.

 

Total Project Cost - $102,852

Program Contributions (Eligible Expenditures) - $51,426

Provincial Contributions - $25,713

Municipal Contribution - $25,713

 Southwest Leamington Storm Water Management Pond and Outlet Environmental Study and Design
This proposed project is multi-category including wastewater and stormwater components, but primarily stormwater.  The Southwest Leamington Storm Water Management Pond Outlet project will support further separation of storm and sanitary sewers in Leamington by eliminating the continuing need to use an existing asset as a combined sewer.  A new stormwater outlet will: provide enhanced treatment and storage of stormwater, eliminate combined sewer overflows and allow additional sanitary collection and conveyance for the existing and future developments in Southwest Leamington by optimizing an existing asset (conversion of existing combined sewer to dedicated sanitary sewer).  This environmental Study assignment will address enhanced service and improved environmental outcomes by providing the planning solution, preferred alternative and preliminary design for the management of surface water in the southwest quadrant of Leamington.  Particularly, our Study Area comprises approximately 110 Ha, including 25 Ha of existing residential and institutional landuses serviced by aging combined sewers.  The remaining 85 Ha are designated for urban, residential development.  This project has not yet commenced but will be partly funded through Infrastructure Canada.

 

Total Project Cost - $175,000

Program Contributions (Eligible Expenditures) - $87,500

Provincial Contributions - $43,750

Municipal Contribution - $43,750

 Reconstruction and Separation of Sewers on Mill Street West

This project will include the completion of plans and specifications, tendering, approvals and construction of this sewer separation project.  Works will include sewers, roadway, sidewalks and lighting.  The project affects the existing 15 small businesses that are currently serviced by an aging combination sewer that flows downstream to a separated sewer system.  The eligible costs are limited to public/municipal property and assets.  This project is currently in the construction stage and is partly funded through Infrastructure Canada.

 

Total Project Cost - $1,220,000

Program Contributions (Eligible Expenditures) - $401,880

Provincial Contributions - $200,944

Municipal Contribution - $617,168

 Separation of Sewers on Danforth Avenue
Preparation of plans and specifications to obtain approvals necessary for tendering and constructing this sewer separation project.  Works will include sewers, roadways, sidewalks and lighting.  The project affects the existing 65 homes that are currently serviced by an aging combination sewer that flows downstream to a separated sewer system.  The eligible costs are limited to public/municipal property and assets. This project is now complete and was partly funded through Infrastructure Canada.

 

Total Project Cost - $2,840,000

Program Contributions (Eligible Expenditures) - $1,222,112

Provincial Contributions - $611,056

Municipal Contribution - $611,056

 

Federal Gas Tax Fund

 Community Energy Systems

 LED Street Light Conversion

 The conversion to LED Bulbs in our street lights will allow for a longer useful life and allow for a large saving in energy consumption.  LED lights contain no toxic chemicals and are 100% recyclable allowing us to reduce our carbon footprint.  LED ligts brighten up immediately and when powered on, has great advantages for infrastructure projects such as Streetlights lights.

 

Total Project Cost - $1,300,000

Cumulative Gas Tax Funds - $863,514.01

Municipal Contribution - $436,485.99

 Traffic Signal Upgrades (LED Conversion)

The conversion to LED Bulbs in our street lights will allow for a longer useful life and allow for a large saving in energy consumption.  LED lights contain no toxic chemicals and are 100% recyclable allowing us to reduce our carbon footprint.  LED ligts brighten up immediately and when powered on, has great advantages for infrastructure projects such as traffic and signal lights.

 

Total Project Cost - $100,000

Cumulative Gas Tax Funds - $52,306.64

Municipal Contribution - $47,693.36

 Local Roads and Bridges

 Mill Street Sewer Separation and Road Reconstruction

 This project will turn Mill Street into a walkable destination location for uptown events, night markets, street parties, sidewalk sales and more, encouraging residents and visitors to enjoy the daily services of our uptown businesses.  Traffic signals at the intersections of Mill Street with Erie Street and Fox Street will be reconfigured.  Approximately 300 m of storm sewer, 275 m of sanitary sewer, and 200 m of watermain - along with new sidewalks, benches, planters, and LED streetlights - will be installed.

 

Total Project Cost - $3,028,463

Cumulative Gas Tax Funds - $116,000

Municipal Contribution - $2,912,463

 Erie South Sewer Separation/Road Reconstruction

 Sewer separation and complete road reconstruction of Erie South, Stewart, Conover Avenue and Forest.  This project involves the complete sewer separation and road reconstruction including utility relocations and new road, curb, sidewalks, bike lanes, traffic calming and streetscaping.

 

Total Project Cost - $5,695,000

Cumulative Gas Tax Funds - $885,915.82

Municipal Contribution - $4,809,084.18

 Pedestrian Crossings Implementation Program

 The program includes for the installation of new pedestrian crossovers, new signage or rapid rectangular flashing beacons at our existing pedestrian crossings.  A study to determine the need for pedestrian crossovers at various locations throughout the Municipality.  the implementation of Active Transportation Facilities in accordance with the Municipalities Active Transportation Plan.

 

Total Project Cost - $1,855,000

Cumulative Gas Tax Funds - $454,807.87

Municipal Contribution - $1,400,192.13

Traffic Signal Installation at Multiple Intersections

The intersection at Oak & Wigle was identified to have high volumes of pedestrian traffic during peak traffic hours travelling between the residential areas to the north of Oak and the two elementary schools located to the south.  The intersection of Erie & Clark has been identified for operational concerns, primarily due to poor sight lines associated with the location of the building on the northwest corner of this intersection.  Our fire hall and police station are located on Clark Street.

 

Total Project Cost - $600,000

Cumulative Gas Tax Funds - $558,306.70

Municipal Contribution - $41,693.30

 County Road #20 Multi-Use Trail

 Construction of a hard surfaced multi-use trail from Essex County Road #31 to Sherk Street along the road allowance of Essex County Road #20.  The hard surface multi-use trail will give local residents and visitors a safe and enjoyable alternative to motorized vehicles.

 

Total Project Cost - $2,506,500

Cumulative Gas Tax Funds - $825,114.95

Municipal Contribution - $1,681,385.05

Leamington Skatepark

The Leamington Skatepark is located at 21 Seacliff Drive East (Kinsmen Baseball Complex). This project was completed in 2018.   

 

Leamington Skateboard Park Site Plan

 

Leamington Skatepark Concept Design - 3D Rendering - PDF

Leamington Skatepark Concept Design - Site Plan - PDF

Northeast Trunk Sanitary Sewer

The Municipality of Leamington has completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study (update to 2006 EA study) for a new 16 kilometre sanitary trunk sewer that will service approved growth areas along MTO Highway 77 and County Road 33.  The Municipal Class EA study has been completed in accordance with the Schedule “B” planning process under the Municipal Engineers Association Municipal Class EA document.

The Project File documenting the Class EA planning process is available for public review and comment for a period of 45 calendar days starting on December 12, 2018 and ending on January 25, 2019.

 

Northeast Sanitary Trunk Sewer Municipal Class Environmental Assessment

 Smart Water Meter Network Project

In 2019, the Municipality of Leamington will be completing a project to install a new smart water meter network to improve the efficiency and reliability of the water system. KTI Utility Services (KTI) has been contracted by the Municipality to carry out the water meter and radio transmitter installations.

The project includes the installation of new smart water meters and an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system comprised of radio transmitters and network components.  The AMI system will provide real-time meter reading data to the Municipality to help identify possible leaks or flow problems and help ensure bill accuracy to avoid unnecessary water costs.

This is a mandatory program in which all customers will require the installation of a radio transmitter.  Customers with water meters more than five years old, or not capable of integrating with the smart meter network, will also require a water meter replacement.

There will be no cost to the customer for the equipment or the installation. Participation in this program is mandatory.

Once you receive correspondence from KTI that includes your account number, you will be able to book your appointment online or by phone.

 

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Project Update:

Water meter replacements are now underway for those meters installed both indoors and in outdoor pits/chambers. Customers will receive a letter from KTI Utility Services indicating when replacements will occur in your area. The letter will provide instructions on how your installation will occur. If your meter is outdoors, there is no appointment required. If your meter is indoors, your letter will provide instructions on how to book an appointment online or by phone. Installations are expected to take 30 to 60 minutes and may require a short water interruption. We ask that you please run your water for approximately 60 seconds following installation to clear the lines. If water is cloudy, continue to run the water until it is clear.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we need new water meters?

The majority of the meters in the Municipality were installed in 1996 and have a typical life of 10-20 years. The existing meters will be replaced with new water meter technology which is compatible with the latest meter reading technology that offers benefits such as improved customer service, system operation and environmental benefits.

The meter technology currently installed at your home/business will determine if your water meter must be replaced. Not all properties will need to have their water meter changed, however a new radio transmitter will need to be installed at all properties.

What is a water meter? How does it differ from a transmitter?

A water meter is a device that records water consumption. Your water meter is connected to a transmitter, which takes consumption information and sends (transmits) it to a remote reading device that collects this data. This information is then used for billing purposes.

Residential Meter                           Commercial Meter 1.5 to 2 inches                         Commercial Meter greater than 2 inches

Residential Meter                                            Commercial Meter 1.5 to 2 inches              Commercial Meter greater than 2 inches

 

 

                                Non Pit transmitter                                          Pit Transmitter

                                Non-Pit Transmitter                                                              Pit Transmitter

Is this appointment mandatory?

Yes. All customers that have an indoor water meter must schedule an appointment to have a radio transmitter installed and depending on the age and state of your water meter, your water meter may also require replacement. For those customers that have a water meter installed in an outdoor pit, no appointment will be necessary to install the radio transmitter and/or new water meter.

When do I have to book my appointment?

KTI Utility Services will notify customers when they are booking appointments in your area. You will receive a letter from KTI outlining the process of booking an appointment. When you receive your letter, please schedule your appointment as soon as possible to ensure the project remains on schedule.

 How do I book an appointment?

As soon as you receive your letter in the mail from KTI, you can book an installation appointment.

 

To book an appointment online:

     1. Click the "book your appointment" button above.

     2. Enter your address, city, postal code and account number. Your account number is located on the appointment notice directly below

         your address details in the top left corner.

     3. View available appointments and book your preferred time slot. At the time of booking, a confirmation will be provided and 

         your appointment details will be emailed to you.

 

To book an appointment by phone:

     1. Call 1-833-543-8807 (toll free) to arrange for your installation appointment. Appointments can be booked by phone

         Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

How long does the installation appointment take?

Installation of the new meter and radio transmitter normally takes between 30 and 60 minutes.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for the installation?

To help keep everyone safe, dogs and any other domestic pets will need to be kept out of yards during installation. In addition, always keep your meter box lids unobstructed as outdoor installations will be completed without requiring an appointment.

How will I know when the installation is taking place?

This project will take up to 9 months to complete. A letter will be sent to customers between one to two weeks prior to installation in their area. The letter will include instructions on how to book an appointment or indicate that no appointment is necessary.

I've noticed something hung on my door. What is it?

KTI uses a variety of methods to communicate with homeowners and door hangers is one of them. Door hangers will be used to update you on the status of your installation, whether you still need to book your appointment or that you have missed a scheduled appointment. It is important to read your door hanger carefully to know what actions you need to take.

Where is my water meter?

The water meter for your home could be indoors or outdoors in a pit/chamber. If it is indoors, the meter is typically found in the basement or a crawl space, near the main water shut-off valve where your service line comes into your home. If you are having trouble locating the water meter you may want to check your furnace room, utility room or near your hot water tank. 

If the entry to your water meter is less than 3 feet from floor to ceiling, the installer's body needs to enter the limited space to complete the job. It is important to let KTI know beforehand if a crawl space is involved. This will help the installer come prepared so that the required safety protocols are in place while the work is being completed.

Where can I find my water shut-off valve?

Your water shut-off valve is located where your water service line comes into your home, typically in your basement or crawl space.

How much space around the meter does the installer need to complete the work?

The installer will require a clear walking path to the meter area, as well as enough space to kneel down comfortably in front of the meter, with a small tool bag at his or her side.

My water meter is installed behind drywall. How can I ensure the meter is accessible?

 

To remove your current water meter the installer will need to loosen the nuts on either side of the meter using a pipe wrench or a pair of channel locks.  In order to do so, a 15”x15” access hole is required.  KTI installers are trained to cut into drywall neatly and precisely.  Once the installation is complete, this hole can be covered using an access panel that can be found at most hardware stores.  

        access opening                      access panel

 What kind of work is involved on the outside of the house?

The new water meter will be connected by a wire to a transmitter on the outside of the home/place of business.  Once the meter and transmitter are installed, Leamington Water Services can obtain transmitted consumption data using reading equipment, without entering your home.  If you have an outdoor pit meter, the transmitter will be installed within the pit application. 

 I live in an older home with original plumbing. Do your installers work on old pipes?

Prior to commencing any work the installer will inspect the plumbing to ensure that it is in suitable condition.  If it is determined that the plumbing is not in good enough condition, the installer will provide recommendations to the customer and Leamington Water Services.
 Will the installers come inside my home or business for the installation

Yes.  If your water meter is located inside, the installer will enter the home or commercial building to replace the meter and/or change the wiring that connects the meter to the transmitter.  The transmitter will typically be installed outside of the home or business.  The full scope of work will be determined by the installer and communicated with you prior to commencing work.

In commercial settings, the installer will be conducting pre-installation site visits to determine the scope of work for each property.  Following the site visit, an installation appointment may be booked to complete the work.

 Will an installer ever show up to my house without an appointment?

Yes, it is possible.  If an installer is in your area and the Municipality has granted KTI authorization, he/she may attempt to knock on your door and offer to do an installation with no scheduled appointment.  If you are uncomfortable with this situation, simply tell your installer you would rather schedule an appointment.

How much will this upgrade cost me?

There is no charge for the new water meter, the radio transmitter or the work to install them at your home or business.

Is the radio frequency created by the new technology safe?

Yes. The new water meters will not negatively affect health or privacy. In fact, overall health will be improved and privacy enhanced by replacing vehicles and manual visits to your home with environmentally clean radio communication.

The wireless portions of the system will be operated according to Federal Communications Commission rules and will not interfere with other radio frequencies in the area. The transmitters emit less radio frequency energy than many other commonly-used wireless devices, like cell phones, baby monitors, satellite TV's, and microwaves that are used daily by millions of people. Radio frequency moves through space at the speed of light. The new water meters use low-engery radio frequency waves to transmit information across distances. Transmission time for the units being installed totals 15 seconds per day.

The World Health Organization and Health Canada are a few of the many credible authors of research studies showing no adverse effects from these radio frequency waves. The California Council on Science and Technology is another excellent source.

Is my account information and meter data secure?

Access to account information is restricted to authorized Leamington municipal staff, who need the data to perform important functions, including improving billing and customer service. The transmitter that sends your meter reading has a unique identifier that is transmitted along with the read data. This identifier is compared electronically to your account record to ensure that the meter reading matches the meter assigned to your account. No customer-identifying information such as names and addresses are stored in the meters or transmitted across the network.

With the new meter technology comes more water consumption data. Just like the old water meters, the new meters collect how much water you use. The main difference is the new meters collect more data throughout the day. Protecting your data is top priority. Using the same advanced methods as internet banking and ATM machines, the new water meter reading system uses proprietary protocols and encryption for your water usage data to ensure privacy, transmitting it to Leamington Water Services over a wireless network with multiple layers of security incorporated throughout the system.

Security measures are tested are reviewed regularly to guard against unauthorized access.

Who do I call if I have questions about the meter installation?

It there are any questions or concerns with the installation process, contact KTI Utility Services at 1 833 543 8807 Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

How can I verify my installer's identity? 

KTI employees can be identified with a KTI uniform, identification badge and will be driving vehicles with the company name and logo. The ID badge resembles the following:

KTI Identification Badge

What kind of technical background and training does my installer have?

Installers completing residential installations will be licensed plumbers and/or certified Water Meter Installers per the 800A apprenticeship program. Commerical installations will be completed by licensed plumbers only.

Is the installer bonded?

Yes. In addition, KTI performs criminal background checks on all installers.

Are other communities pursuing advanced metering infrastructure projects?

Many water utilities in North America are moving to AMI technology including the Town of Lasalle, Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Region of Peel and the City of Toronto.

 What is the timeline for the project?

The meter and radio transmitter installation is scheduled to begin in January 2019 and continue for a period of 9 months. The system should be fully operational by the fall of 2019. 

 What is the cost to the Municipality of Leamington?

The projected capital cost of the water meter replacement and advanced metering technology project is $3.8 million.

Contact(s)

© 2019 The Municipality of Leamington 111 Erie Street North, Leamington, Ontario N8H 2Z9

Phone: 519-326-5761
Fax: 519-326-2481
Email: General Information

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