More than two dozen homeowners along Bouvier Road in the City of Clarence-Rockland would like municipal water service to replace their wells. The wells have developed low-water-level problems and homeowners have to check them on a regular basis now for bacteria and contamination
More than two dozen homeowners along Bouvier Road in the City of Clarence-Rockland would like municipal water service to replace their wells. The wells have developed low-water-level problems and homeowners have to check them on a regular basis now for bacteria and contamination

Bouvier Road residents want water

More than two dozen homeowners on Bouvier Road want a secure source of drinking water and may get it if they are willing to pay the price.

“It would be a long-term debt the city takes on for a project that wasn’t planned for,” said Helen Collier, chief administrator, during an October 18 interview. “And the ratepayers pay it (debt) back.”“It would be a long-term debt the city takes on for a project that wasn’t planned for,” said Helen Collier, chief administrator, during an October 18 interview. “And the ratepayers pay it (debt) back.”

Kevin Morrow and Denis Bissonette presented Clarence-Rockland council with a 29-signature petition during council’s committee of the whole session, October 7. They and other residents along Bouvier Road want the city to extend its municipal water line along Bouvier Road for about 1.85 kilometres, from the Russell Road intersection to the Lavigne Road intersection.

“Presently there are a number of us who are experiencing low water levels in our wells,” stated the petition. “Shallow wells are continuously having to be monitored for contamination and bacteria.”

Council directed city staff to review the proposal for an estimate of the cost for such an extension. Administration will then arrange a meeting with residents of the neighbourhood to present the cost estimate to them along with possible repayment rates and schedules.

Collier said this type of planning-and-payment process is “a traditional method” for dealing with an unexpected capital works project, where the benefit is limited to a local neighbourhood.