Sewer wa­ter may be en­ter­ing storm drains

Dol­lard to test to see if some homes have cross-con­nected pipes

Montreal Gazette - - West Island - AL­BERT KRAMBERGER

As part of a $9.2-mil­lion bun­dle of in­fra­struc­ture projects planned for 2016, Dol­lard-des-Ormeaux will in­ves­ti­gate if some homes have cross-con­nected storm and san­i­tary pipes.

Listed as a spe­cial project in its tri­en­nial cap­i­tal pro­gram for 20162018, Dol­lard will in­vest about $175,000 to in­spect homes in its ter­ri­tory for pos­si­ble in­verted pipe con­nec­tions.

Mayor Ed Janiszewski said Mon­treal en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cials alerted the town that it should con­duct a study to de­ter­mine if any or how many homes may have a cross con­nec­tion prob­lem, which would be send­ing sewage wa­ter into storm drains that flow to­wards the nearby river.

“Mon­treal has come up with some read­ings on the wa­ter con­di­tions, and where they are com­ing from. So we’re ex­am­in­ing all of our sys­tems to de­ter­mine if there is a prob­lem and where it is,” Janiszewski said.

“We know we’ll have a few but we know it’s not large scale,” the mayor con­tin­ued. “We don’t an­tic­i­pate 100 (homes). We an­tic­i­pate much less than that. It may be 20,” he added.

While a re­im­burse­ment pol­icy has yet to be for­mal­ized, Janiszewski expects his town will cover re­pair costs in most cases, par­tic­u­larly when the cross con­nec­tion er­ror was made dur­ing the ini­tial con­struc­tion of a home.

“We’re wait­ing to see the re­sults be­fore we come up with a (re­pair re­fund­ing) pol­icy,” he said. “We feel we’ll take a ma­jor part of the re­spon­si­bil­ity. Un­less some­thing was done by a home­owner who may have added a bath­room and cross con­nected it him­self. Then, the home­owner will have to pay for it.”

Neigh­bour­ing Kirk­land un­der­went city-wide in­spec­tion of its sin­gle-fam­ily homes a few years ago. It was de­ter­mined that about 200 Kirk­land homes had crossed storm and san­i­tary sewer con­nec­tions. The city started no­ti­fy­ing af­fected res­i­dents in early 2011, though in­spec­tions con­tin­ued over a couple of years. Ini­tially, Kirk­land coun­cil balked at re­im­burs­ing home­own­ers the cost of re­pairs, spark­ing out­rage from res­i­dents over sev­eral months in 2011. How­ever, the city then came up with a re­fund­ing pro­gram start­ing at $1,800 and later in­creased the amount to a max­i­mum of $5,000 for most homes. It had been es­ti­mated that in­spec­tions and its re­pair re­im­burse­ment pol­icy would cost Kirk­land about $1 mil­lion. The city had been alerted to the prob­lem of crossed pipes in early 2010 by a group of Bea­cons­field res­i­dents who stated sewage em­a­nat­ing from Kirk­land emp­tied into the Mead­ow­brook stream, which flows into Lake St-Louis.

Mean­while, Dol­lard’s key in­fra­struc­ture spend­ing for 2016 is $4.9 mil­lion to­ward road re­pairs on seven streets, in­clud­ing sec­tions of main ar­ter­ies such as St-Jean Blvd. ( be­tween Devon and Shake­speare) and Te­cum­seh (near De Sal­aberry) and Anselme-Lav­i­gne (near Sources Blvd.)

As well, about $1.5 mil­lion is des­tined to cover the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion or re­place­ment of wa­ter mains on seven streets, in­clud­ing parts of De Sal­aberry Blvd., Du Marche and Lake Blvd.

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