Dixie Road (Mayfield Road to Campbell’s Cross Creek). Project 22-1979
The Region of Peel will be improving the water system by increasing the water pressure in the pipes within your community. The affected area is indicated on the attached map, within the red line. The purpose of this construction work is to maintain, improve and plan for future growth of existing water services as part of the Region’s service commitment to provide safe, clean drinking water.
Your water pressure will increase at some point during the day on March 9, 2023, and you will see a difference in the water flowing from your taps.
Higher pressure and your plumbing
You are responsible for the water pipes and plumbing fixtures on your property and in your home. If your plumbing was correctly constructed and inspected and is in good condition, you should have no concerns.
If your plumbing is not in good condition, you may notice:
- Banging or noisy water pipes when turning faucets on or off,
- Spitting from the water faucet aerator when water is turned on,
- Leaking faucets or running toilets.
If you have any concerns about your plumbing, we recommend you call a licensed plumber.
If this pressure increase affects an alarm or maintenance company, it is your responsibility to notify them.
When you had lower pressure, you may not have been able to use low-flow fixtures. With increased pressure, you will find changing to low-flow toilets, showers, or tap aerators will save both water and money. (Learn more at peelregion.ca/watersmartpeel).
Construction is planned to begin March 13, 2023 and be completed in the mid-2023. These timelines are estimates, as weather and other unexpected events may impact our timelines.
All work is under warranty for two years from the completion date.
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Contractor and working hours
The work will be completed by Dig-Con International Ltd. under contract to the Region of Peel. 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
Modifying 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. Any damage caused by Regional construction will be repaired. We recommend 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.
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.
The Region of Peel is planning to complete roadwork on your street within the next few years. As this roadwork may impact also driveways, curbs, sidewalks, and lawns next to the sidewalk, 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 Region of Peel paves your street, the driveway will be repaired by paving a stripe over the disturbed area, resulting in minimal seams in the final driveway.
The repairs under this project are temporary, as we will complete restoration as part of our future roadwork. We will send you a separate notice about this additional construction.
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 the Region of Peel, 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.
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. The Region of Peel 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.
Information on this project can also be found at peelregion.ca/pw/construction/cal/22-1979.asp.
We value your feedback
After we have finished, we will invite you to provide feedback on the construction project.
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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, Region of Peel
Phone: 905-791-7800 ext. 4409