November 7, 2005

York Peel Feedermain now pumping water to York Region

NEWMARKET – Water is now flowing from Lake Ontario to York Region via the York Peel Feedermain, a $300 million water infrastructure partnership between the Regional Municipality of York and Peel Region.
The York Peel Partnership Project (YPWP) included the design, construction and service commissioning of a major east-west water supply system to convey up to 388 million litres of treated water per day from Peel Region to York Region.  The project was initiated in March 2002 and completed this summer.  The system could not be fully activated until all appropriate testing was completed.
“York Region continues to work hard to secure long-term water supplies for the needs of our growing community, and the York Peel Feedermain is a major accomplishment within our overall strategy,” said York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Together with our water agreements with the City of Toronto, this arrangement with Peel Region will help to ensure an ongoing source of clean, fresh water for York Region residents.”
The project consists of 30 kilometres of large-diameter feedermains through the City of Brampton and the City of Vaughan, complete with a new reservoir and pumping station located in Brampton.  Construction was separated into numerous tendered projects, with several coinciding with needed road improvements.
“I am glad to see the York Peel Feedermain is now operational and supplementing the existing water supply in the Region,” said Town of Richmond Hill Mayor Bill Bell, Chair of the Region’s Transportation and Works Committee.   “This is a critical piece of infrastructure that will not only allow us to service new homes and businesses, but increase the supply to our existing residents during hot dry periods in the summer months.”
The feedermain will have tremendous long-term benefits to York Region, the fastest growing portion of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), but the only area with no direct access to Lake Ontario.  Water supply infrastructure is a vital part of building sustainable communities and critical to managing planned population and employment growth in York Region, from a population of 910,000 people today to over 1.5 million by 2031.
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