City lowers Speed River water levels to install sewer pipes

Trench excavation at Royal City Park for ongoing sewer pipe installation.

Guelph, Ont., June 9, 2016—The City of Guelph is reducing water levels in a portion of the Speed River starting June 13 to install sewer pipes as part of the York Trunk Sewer Paisley-Clythe Feedermain project.

“The Wellington Street Dam will be open for two weeks while crews install sewer pipes under Royal City Park,” said Majde Qaqish, a City project engineer. “Affected businesses and community groups have been advised of the temporary change in water levels and we’ll complete the work as quickly as possible.”

Low water levels in the Speed River between Gordon Street and the Wellington Street Dam  are needed to increase visibility 14 feet underground to safely and accurately install 40 metres of sewer pipes.

“Given the proximity of an existing watermain and the bedrock in the way, this is a delicate installation process that requires dry conditions,” noted Qaqish. “We appreciate the community’s patience as we complete these important improvements to essential City services.”

The normal water levels will be restored on June 28.

Last September the City undertook similar work and lowered the Speed River’s water levels to successfully install 180 metres of water pipes.

The York Trunk Sewer Paisley-Clythe Feedermain is a $30 million, multi-year infrastructure project. It is the City’s largest watermain and wastewater sewer infrastructure project. The City’s 2009 Water and Wastewater Servicing Master Plan identified the project as a priority to meet Guelph’s existing and future water and wastewater servicing needs.

Construction on this project started in 2014. The work underway at Royal City Park will conclude the first of three phases as the last section of 2.2 kilometres of water and sewer pipes is installed. The second phase, slated to start once phase 1 is complete, involves the installation of 1.5 kilometres of underground water and sewer pipes between Gordon Street and Waterworks Place.

For more information

Majde Qaqish, P.Eng, Project Engineer
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
519-822-1260 extension 2225
majde.qaqish@guelph.ca