Riley Brockington, River Ward Councillor

City of Ottawa warns residents to not use the beaches, practice water safety

18 May 2017 - 10:30am

Ottawa –  While summer-like weather is making an appearance, the City of Ottawa is warning residents not to use the beaches and practice caution around lakes, rivers and streams.

The higher water levels from this year’s rapid snow melt and higher-than-usual rainfall has resulted in the beaches being in direct contact with the flood waters from lakes and rivers. These conditions also resulted in some storm and combined sewer overflow going into the waters, along with the usual pathogens from winter debris.  

However, most bacteria can only survive a few days, and the large volume of flowing water at this time will be diluting pathogens to very low levels.

Ottawa Public Health will begin their annual water-testing at the beaches in June.

In addition to carrying pathogens, debris carried by the higher and fast-moving water pose safety hazards to boaters. The submerged debris could include natural wood (logs and branches), pieces of fencing and docks, glass, and construction materials.

Beyond the spring waters, the City encourages residents to practice water safety all year long, and always watch children around rivers, lakes, streams and pools. 

The City will continue to provide updates on ottawa.ca, Twitter or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). 

For more information on Ottawa’s Beaches, visit http://ottawa.ca/en/beaches.

 

La Ville d’Ottawa avertit les résidents de ne pas aller sur les plages et d’être prudents près de l’eau

Ottawa – Bien que les températures estivales fassent leur apparition, la Ville d’Ottawa avertit les résidents de ne pas aller sur les plages et de faire preuve de prudence près des lacs, des rivières et des ruisseaux.

Les niveaux d’eau élevés résultant de la rapide fonte des neiges et des pluies plus abondantes que la normale cette année ont fait en sorte que les plages sont en contact direct avec les eaux de crue provenant des lacs et rivières. Cette situation a également entraîné le déversement du trop-plein d’égouts pluviaux et d’égouts unitaires dans les eaux, auquel s’ajoutent les pathogènes habituels issus des débris de l’hiver.  

Toutefois, la plupart des bactéries ne peuvent survivre que quelques jours, et les forts débits d’eau observés actuellement vont diluer les pathogènes, dont les concentrations atteindront des niveaux très faibles.

Santé publique Ottawa entreprendra son opération annuelle d’analyse de l’eau des plages en juin.

En plus de transporter des pathogènes, les débris charriés par les eaux dont le niveau et le débit sont élevés présentent des risques pour la sécurité des plaisanciers. Parmi les débris submergés, il peut se trouver du bois (billes et branches), des morceaux de clôtures et de quais ainsi que des matériaux de construction.

Par ailleurs, la Ville invite les résidents à pratiquer la sécurité nautique tout au long de l’année et à toujours surveiller les enfants à proximité des rivières, des lacs, des ruisseaux et des piscines. 

La Ville continue de publier des mises à jour sur ottawa.ca et Twitter. Les résidents peuvent aussi appeler le 3‑1‑1 (ATS : 613-580-2401) pour obtenir de l’information. 

Carlington Pump Station Expansion

16 May 2017 - 12:06pm

Thank you to all residents that came out to the public meeting on May 15 to learn more about the major infrastructure project to expand and replace the Carlington Pumping Station at the Carlington reservoir.

The new pump station will be constructed adjacent to the existing station.   It will be located on the west side of the reservoir, tight against the berm and adjacent to the existing communication tower compound. The existing pump station will remain in operation throughout the construction period of the new pump station. Once the new pump station is operational, the existing pump station will be de-decommissioned and demolished.  The main components of the new pump station include the following:

  • A new building complete with all new mechanical and electrical equipment to provide for the pumping needs of the various areas in the City.
  • Backup power supply for emergency use during power outages.
  • A new 914mm diameter suction watermain connected directly to the existing 1200mm diameter watermain on the east side of the reservoir.
  • Four new discharge watermains connected to existing watermains that supply water to the various water Pressure Zones in the City.
  • Demolition of the existing pump station approximately 6 months after the new pump station has been fully commissioned.

The main objective of the upgrade is to improve the reliability of water supply to roughly one third of the City’s central water distribution system, and to provide additional capacity needed to accommodate future urban growth. The project is identified in the City’s current Infrastructure Master Plan.

The current project schedule is as follows:

  • Preliminary and detailed design: Fall 2015 – May 2017
  • Design assignment completion: June 2017
  • Construction start: Fall 2017
  • Construction completion: Late Fall 2019

To view a copy of the presentation boards displayed at the public open house, please click on the link below.

Carlington Pump Station Open House Boards

 

Ball diamonds open Monday but sports fields are still delayed

12 May 2017 - 4:26pm
Ottawa – City of Ottawa ball diamonds will be officially open as of Monday May 15 for baseball and softball groups only. For other sports groups that need access to ball diamonds or sports fields, the diamonds and fields will be open as of May 22, weather permitting. Since conditions may vary from one area of the city to another, sports organizations are encouraged to use discretion when deciding to use a ball diamond that may be saturated. All contract holders that choose to use a ball diamond need to understand the following conditions.
  • Before ball diamonds are used, they need to be fully inspected by the user
  • If standing water is visible on the ball diamond, please contact the City’s Central Allocations at 613-580-2595, or sports@ottawa.ca, and do not use the ball diamond.
  • All unreasonable damage reported by City staff will be charged back to the contract holder
  • Ball diamonds will not be maintained to usual city standards since large equipment cannot be used at this time
The City of Ottawa would like to thank Ottawa residents for their help in preserving the quality of our sports fields.

Not sure when your curbside collection occurs?

12 May 2017 - 1:14pm

Ottawa – The City’s new 12-month waste collection calendar is being delivered by mail to residences across the city this week.

The calendar starts in June 2017 and runs until May 2018. It features information about regular and holiday collections schedules, Giveaway Weekends, Household Hazardous Waste Depot dates and locations, and much more.

Residents can visit ottawa.ca to view the calendar online, and sign up to receive weekly collection reminders by email, phone or Twitter. They can also visit the City’s waste explorer tool to learn which items go in the blue, black and green bins.

NIGHT WORK NOTIFICATION – Hunt Club and Paul Anka

10 May 2017 - 8:49am

FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONSTRUCTION

This notification is to inform you that Aecon will be performing work on behalf of Enbridge at the intersection of Hunt Club and Paul Anka.

Duration: Weekdays from May 15th to May 20th we will be performing work in the evening hours from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am

Work will be evening work from May 15 till May 19th and daytime work from May 22 to June 2nd. New below ground gas mains and an above ground district station are to be installed at the north west corner of Hunt Club and Paul Anka

Please contact Aecon Utilities if you have any concerns at

613-822-6193

Thank you for your patience.

City of Ottawa hosting Flooding Information Sessions

8 May 2017 - 2:58pm

The City of Ottawa will provide information sessions on the current flooding situation.  In attendance will be representatives from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, Ottawa Public Health, the City of Ottawa’s Public Works and Environmental Services Department and the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, which is responsible for the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program.

Time and locations:   

Tuesday, May 9

  • 1 – 2 p.m. Nepean Sportsplex, Hall C and D, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. R.J. Kennedy Arena, Main Hall, 1115 Dunning Road, Cumberland
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Fitzroy Harbour Community Association Community Centre, 100 Clifford Campbell St, Fitzroy Harbour

Wednesday, May 10

  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Dr, Woodlawn

A session will be filmed by staff and put on ottawa.ca. 

Information about the province’s Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program is available at Ontario.ca/disasterassistance.  

Information on the city’s emergency efforts can be found HERE.

Interested in volunteering to help those affected by the flooding? Sign up at : https://ottawa.ca/en/register-volunteer-flooding-efforts

Major Infrastructure Project – Carlington Pump Station

1 May 2017 - 4:03pm
Carlington Pump Station – Potable Water Pump Station Design and Construction Project

Notice Delivered to Residents

PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION

Monday, May 15th, 2017

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Carlington Recreation Centre (Gymnasium)

1520 Caldwell Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Z 8H5


Dear Resident,

The City of Ottawa invites you to attend a Public Information Session to review a construction project planned in your immediate neighbourhood.

At the Public Information Session starting at 6:30pm, you will be able to review the design plans for the project and a short presentation will be provided at 7:00pm to explain the nature of the construction project and the anticipated impacts during construction. Representatives from the City, City Councillors Riley Brockington (River Ward) and Rick Chiarelli (College Ward), and the design consultant will be available to discuss the project and to answer your questions.

WHERE:         The new pump station will be located on the west side of the reservoir, tight against the berm and adjacent to the existing communication tower compound.

WHO:              Design consulting firm, Parsons, has been retained by the City of Ottawa to develop preliminary and detailed design drawings and specifications for construction of the new pump station.

WHY:              The main objective of the upgrade is to improve the reliability of water supply to roughly one third of the City’s central water distribution system, and to provide additional capacity needed to accommodate future urban growth. The project is identified in the City’s current Infrastructure Master Plan.

WHAT:           The new pump station will be constructed adjacent to the existing station.  The existing pump station will remain in operation throughout the construction period of the new pump station. Once the new pump station is operational, the existing pump station will be de-decommissioned and demolished.  The main components of the new pump station include the following:

  • A new building complete with all new mechanical and electrical equipment to provide for the pumping needs of the various areas in the City.
  • Backup power supply for emergency use during power outages.
  • A new 914mm diameter suction watermain connected directly to the existing 1200mm diameter watermain on the east side of the reservoir.
  • Four new discharge watermains connected to existing watermains that supply water to the various water Pressure Zones in the City.
  • Demolition of the existing pump station approximately 6 months after the new pump station has been fully commissioned.

WHEN:           The current project schedule is as follows:

  • Preliminary and detailed design: Fall 2015 – May 2017
  • Design assignment completion: June 2017
  • Construction start: Fall 2017
  • Construction completion: Late Fall 2019

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation at the public open house, please contact the undersigned.

 For further information about this project and/or to submit comments, please contact:

 

City’s Project Manager Design Consultant Representative Jeff de Laat, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
City of Ottawa
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
Design and Construction – Branch 2
100 Constellation Drive, 6th Floor West
Ottawa, ON  K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 21916
Jeff.deLaat@ottawa.ca

  André Proulx, P.Eng., M.Eng.

Vice President

Parsons

1223 Michael Street, Suite 100
Ottawa, ON  K1J 7T2
Tel: 613-691-1573

Andre.proulx@parsons.com

 

 

 

cc:        Councillor Riley Brockington, Ward 16 – River

            Councillor Rick Chiarelli, Ward 8 – College

 

 

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