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Water Main Replacement

The Peterborough Utilities Commission's Water Main Replacement Program is designed to replace and rehabilitate aged and deteriorating water mains throughout the city. Many of the pipes in the system were installed in the early 1900s and are small in comparison to modern standards in water mains. Through our 5-Year Water Distribution System Improvement Plan, Peterborough Utilities targets a 1%  replacement rate of the total water distribution system annually.

What should Homeowners & Businesses expect?

Every year the Peterborough Utilities schedules water main replacement in selected areas of the city. Work typically takes place between early June to early September each year. Prior to construction, homes in the affected areas are notified by mail and proposed streets will be posted annually on the website.

As part of this work, it will be necessary to install a temporary water main and a temporary water service into your premise. The temporary water service will connect to the outside lawn tap of your house if one exists. In order to provide water service to your premise the valve to your outside tap will be required to be opened and the tap flushed for 3-5 minutes. The valve on your incoming water service will need to be shut off and you will receive potable water through the outside tap during construction. The internal valves can be operated by yourself or a contractor’s representative, if required. The contractor will provide instructions for the above when they connect the temporary service. In order to assess the appropriate provision for this temporary water service, additional information may be required.

For affected homeowners, please note the following:

During the course of construction, we endeavour to keep any inconvenience to a minimum. We ask if you could please avoid parking automobiles on the street during construction.

Traffic detours, when necessary, will be in place during the construction periods with local/emergency traffic and garbage collection permitted.

The Peterborough Utilities' policy is to reinstate all roadways, boulevards, driveways and lawn areas that are disturbed by new construction work. Restoration will be completed promptly. To assist with the restoration, please water the replaced sod as needed.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

After hours construction emergency calls should be directed to 705-748-9300



Should you have any questions, concerns or require further information regarding water main replacement, please contact:

Peterborough Utilities Services Inc.

Steve Billings

Senior Engineering Technician

705 748 9301 ext.1242