Watermain replacement and improvement
Dundas Street East from Dixie Road to Etobicoke Creek. Project 18-1310C
Peel Region was working in your area earlier this year to replace the watermain along Dundas Street East from Dixie Road to the Etobicoke Creek as shown in the attached map. This work is required to maintain and improve existing water services.
At this time, we have:
- Replaced portions of the watermain on Dundas Street East,
- Temporarily repaired the driveways, road, curbs, and sidewalk where affected by the watermain and replacement work.
Schedule for remaining construction
Construction was paused to transition to the next phase of the project. We expect to start work again on November 20, 2023 to complete the following:
- Replace the remaining watermain on Dundas Street East,
- Construct a tunneled section of watermain under Little Etobicoke Creek,
- Connect properties to the new watermain by replacing individual water service pipes/boxes Dundas Street East,
- Temporarily repair the driveways, road, curbs, sidewalk and sod (grass) where disturbed by the watermain replacement and associated work.
We plan to complete this work by the end of 2024. These timelines are estimates, as weather and other unexpected events may impact our timelines. This work will be under warranty for two years from the completion date.
What to expect during construction
Learn what to expect as watermain construction continues by visiting peelregion.ca/construction/watermain and watching our short video. The video goes behind the scenes to show what happens during and after construction. This website also answers common questions about:
- Why your water may be temporarily shut off,
- How traffic, parking, and waste collection may be affected,
- How driveways, roads and sod (grass) are repaired after construction is finished.
Contractor and working hours
The work will be completed by Moretti Excavating and supported by EXP Consulting, both under contract to Peel Region. 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 area 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.
- 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.
- If a continuous water supply is required for your business and you have not already completed a water needs survey, please contact us to let us know when and how your business uses water.
If we must shut off your water due to an emergency, we will knock on your door to alert you, and do everything we can to fix the problem as quickly as possible.
Areas impacted by construction
Installing watermains usually requires digging a trench within the municipal right-of-way, which includes the street and 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 home or business and the road.) Depending on the location of the watermain, 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, Peel Region will also replace:
- Your water service box,
- 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 or business.
This requires digging up your water service box located in the lawn or driveway, and disturbing an area at least two square meters.
Any damage caused by Regional construction will be repaired. We recommend that 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, if you have an in-ground sprinkler system 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.
Tree protection and trimming
Trees located in the municipal right-of-way will be protected during construction using temporary fencing. 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. The contractor will contact you before any pruning of private trees occurs. 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. 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.
City of Mississauga roadwork and bus rapid transit project
The Region of Peel remains committed to coordinating our work with the City of Mississauga’s roadwork and Dundas Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project scheduled for 2025 on Dundas Street East (pending budget and council approval).
As this roadwork may impact the driveway, boulevard, street, curbs, and sidewalks, we will:
- Pave only the areas of the street directly disturbed,
- Fix damaged sidewalks and curbs using asphalt,
- Patch your driveway to cover any places we disturbed, as the future roadwork may affect the bottom of your driveway. After the city paves your street, the driveway will be repaired by paving a stripe over the disturbed area, resulting in minimal seams in the final driveway.
Peel Region’s repairs are temporary, as the city will complete restoration as part of their roadwork. Your city will send you a separate notice about their construction.
More information on the Dundas Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project can be found by contacting the City of Mississauga or visiting mississauga.ca/projects-and-strategies/city-projects/building-the-dundas-bus-rapid-transit.
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. 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 Peel Region, 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.
Private-side water service replacement
We are replacing the section of the water service pipe that leads from the watermain to your water service box (small round metal valve near the property line). The privately-owned section of the water service pipe (between the service box and your home/business) is likely the same age and in the same condition. You may want to consider replacing it to ensure a constant supply of high-quality drinking water to your tap. Replacing the private-side water service pipe is the responsibility of the property owner. Peel Region cannot do this work for you. Refer to peelregion.ca/water/your-home/private-side-water-service.asp for more information.
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. Peel Region 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/workzonesafety.
Keeping you informed
We will let you know if there are any major changes to the plans.
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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. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Water Linear Engineering
Engineering Services Division
Public Works, Peel Region
Phone: 905-791-7800 ext. 4409