Watermain and sanitary replacement and improvement
Chestnut Avenue and Leneck Avenue. Projects 22-1340D
The Region of Peel will be working in your area. We will be replacing the watermain and sanitary sewers along Chestnut Ave & Leneck Ave.
- Watermains are underground pipes that bring tap water from our water treatment plants to your neighbourhood.
- Sanitary sewers are underground pipes that carry wastewater from your home to a wastewater treatment plant.
Wastewater is created when water goes down the drain or is flushed down the toilet. As pipes age and our population grows, we need to replace older watermains and sewers to keep providing high quality water and wastewater services to you.
Construction is planned to begin on August 08th 2022. and be completed by November 2022. All work is under warranty for two years from the completion date.
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Contractor and working hours
The work will be completed by Comer Group under contract to the Region of Peel. This contractor's normal working hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday. These hours are consistent with the local municipality's bylaws. We understand this may cause some inconvenience, but shorter working days would require your neighbourhood to be under construction for a longer period of time.
Traffic and parking
We may need to temporarily close roads or reduce traffic to a single lane during construction. If we must reroute traffic, we will place signs giving directions. On-street parking will be reduced during construction when we are actively working on your street.
Interrupting your water supply
We anticipate that this construction project will require temporarily shutting off your water. For residents:
- It is our goal to let you know 48 hours (2 days) in advance if we plan to shut off your water for an extended period (several hours). Occasionally we may have to reduce this notice to 24 hours.
- If we need to shut off your water for a short duration (less than one hour), we will knock on your door to notify you.
Areas impacted by construction
Replacing watermains and sanitary sewers usually requires digging a trench within the municipal right-of-way, the land owned by the municipality between the water service box and the street. (The water service box is a small, round, metal valve located outside, on the property line between your house and the road.) Depending on the location of the watermain and sanitary sewer, this trench might cause temporary damage to roads, curbs, sidewalks, boulevards, driveway aprons, and lawns within the municipal right-of-way.
To maintain your water supply, the Region of Peel will also replace:
- Your water service box, a small round metal valve located outside on the property line between your home and the road,
- The section of your water service pipe leading from the watermain to your water service box. The water service pipe carries water from the watermain to your home.
This requires digging up your water service box, and will affect an area approximately two square meters, around your service box in the lawn or driveway adjacent to your home. In addition, depending on its condition, the Region of Peel may also repair or replace the municipal portion of the sanitary sewer connection, the smaller underground pipe running from your home to the Regional sanitary sewer system. This may require digging up either the lawn or driveway above this section of pipe and disturbing an area at least 2 square meters. Any damage caused by Regional construction will be repaired. We recommend you delay any driveway paving or major landscaping projects until this construction work is completed.
In-ground sprinkler systems
As the front lawn may be affected by this construction work, we strongly recommend moving any sprinkler lines that are located in the municipal right-of-way or next to the sidewalk. If you can’t relocate these sprinkler lines, please send us a map created by your irrigation contractor or flag each sprinkler head that is located within one meter of the sidewalk, curb, or driveway. This will allow us to minimize the impact to your sprinkler system.
If tree branches within the municipal right-of-way interfere with construction, the trees will be pruned beforehand. If tree branches on private property interfere with construction, they will be pruned back to the nearest suitable trunk or branch. If you do not allow personnel onto your property to trim the tree, the branches will be cut vertically at the property line.
Repairing areas impacted by construction
We will start repairing the road, curb, sidewalk, driveways, and lawns once the new watermain is buried and new water service lines have been connected to all properties on your street. We will start repairing the road, curb, sidewalk, driveways, and lawns once the new sanitary sewer is buried and work has been completed on all sanitary sewer connections on your street. Repairs may be delayed due to contractor availability or certain seasonal weather conditions.
- Paving cannot take place when the ground is saturated with water, or the temperature is below 3°C.
- Asphalt is not available in large volumes during the winter. Asphalt usually becomes available around mid-May.
- Most sod farms are located north of Peel. They usually have sod available beginning in late May. We will replace the sod on your property once it is available. We replace sod only until the middle of November, weather permitting, to let the sod grow roots. If we do not repair your lawn by the middle of November, we’ll replace the sod the following spring.
Repairing grassy areas
The contractor will replace any damaged sod (grass) on the boulevard or your front lawn and will take care of the new sod for 30 days. You can help the sod stay healthy by watering it. A longer ‘deep root watering’ works better to establish new sod than watering more frequently for a shorter time. Watering in the early morning allows more water to soak in instead of evaporating.
- Asphalt driveways: If we need to cut a section of your driveway, the driveway will be repaired by paving a strip over the disturbed area, resulting in minimal seams in the final driveway. The Region of Peel cannot replace your entire driveway. If you would like to have the rest of your driveway paved, please contact the contractor, Comer Group, at 416-990-3878. The contractor will then share contact information for the company hired to do the paving repairs. Please remember this is your option. If you decide to have your entire driveway repaved, this extra paving work is your responsibility and outside the jurisdiction of the Region of Peel.
- Interlock or concrete driveways: If we damaged a portion of your driveway, our contractor will reinstate the damaged portion of the driveway.
It may be necessary to block your driveway for a short time when crews are digging the trench for the watermain, replacing your water service box and pipe, or completing other construction activities. It may be necessary to block your driveway for a short time when crews are digging the trench for the sanitary sewer, working on your sanitary sewer connection, or completing other construction activities. If so, we will knock on your door to notify you. If a trench prevents access to your driveway, the contractor will have metal road plates available to allow access if required. Whenever possible, we will work to ensure businesses can be accessed. Please contact us if you have special needs related to access.
If you receive waste collection from the Region of Peel, your garbage, recycling, and organics will continue to be picked up on your regularly scheduled day. It is the contractor’s responsibility to move your garbage, recycling, and organics bins from the end of your driveway to a location where waste collection vehicles can pick them up. Empty containers will be returned to their corresponding addresses. Please make sure your house number is clearly marked on each bin. This helps us return empty bins to the correct address.
You could feel slight vibrations from the construction work.
Optional protection plans for your exterior water pipes, wastewater pipes, and in-home plumbing
Many homeowners are not aware that they are responsible for maintaining the water and wastewater pipes both inside their home and outdoors up to the property line. If one of these pipes breaks, it can cause unexpected and costly repairs. The Region of Peel has partnered with Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC) to offer homeowners optional, affordable protection from unexpected home repairs. Learn more about the protection plans at plansforpeel.ca.
Safety during construction
Construction zones require extra caution to keep everyone safe – pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and construction workers. When driving, walking, or biking through the construction area, please be aware of your surroundings, watch for construction crews and other road users, slow down, account for delays, and consider other routes if possible. To learn more about how to stay safe in construction zones, visit peelregion.ca/construction/workzonesafety
Keeping you informed
We will let you know if there are any major changes to the plans.
We value your feedback
After we have finished, we will invite you to provide feedback on the construction project. You can sign up to receive this survey electronically at peelregion.ca/construction by clicking 'Sign up for email notices'.
Thank you for your patience as we complete this necessary work. This work will allow us to continue providing you with high quality tap water and wastewater services. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Water Linear Engineering and Wastewater Collection and Conveyance
Engineering Services Division
Public Works, Region of Peel
Phone: 905-791-7800 ext. 4409