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

 

Leamington Skatepark

The Leamington Skatepark will be located at 21 Seacliff Drive East (Kinsmen Baseball Complex).   Construction is slated for fall 2018 with completion prior to year-end. 

 

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

Pelee Bevel Sanitary Sewer System Project  (Construction)

The Municipality of Leamington has commenced sanitary sewer construction along Point Pelee Drive, with construction activities along Bevel Line Road commencing on October 9, 2016. Please note that access to local businesses and residents will be maintained during construction.

The work is being conducted to resolve the issue of raw sewage discharging into the watercourse. The work will involve the construction of new sanitary gravity trunk sewers, forcemains, pump stations and watermain upgrades. 

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Project Updates:

This webpage will continue to be updated as the project progresses, so please check back for updates. If you have questions or comments about this project, email us.

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.

 

Project Update:

Water meter replacements are now underway for those meters installed in outdoor pits/chambers. Customers will receive a letter from KTI Utility Services indicating when replacements will occur in your area. At this time, there is no need for an appointment, as all installations are outdoors.  KTI employees will notify you of their arrival at your property. If you are not home, KTI will move forward with the installation and leave a door hanger to provide the status of the installation and if any follow-up is required.  If you are home, KTI will confirm that you agree with the installation timing prior to proceeding with the work. Installations are expected to take 30-60 minutes and may require a short water interruption.  We ask that you please run your water for approximately 60 seconds following the 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 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.

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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