We have completed a comprehensive review of our existing Water Works By-law and drafted a new Water By-law. We are now seeking feedback from the public before we send it to City Council for consideration.
Why prepare a new draft by-law?
The existing Water Works By-law No. 504/73 passed by City Council, November 7, 1973, required a thorough review and update. We worked with a consultant to review water by-laws from other major Canadian cities and used this information as the basis for preparing the new draft Water By-law.
The new draft Water By-law will:
- protect public health by enhancing measures to safeguard the City’s waterworks system and the high quality of our drinking water,
- add clarity for enforcement,
- update the by-law format to be consistent with The City of Winnipeg Charter, Manitoba By-law writing styles, and the Sewer By-law No. 92/2010,
- make it easier to understand through user-friendly language.
What are some of the major revisions?
- Adding non-conforming water service pipe 1 requirements.This provision would impact a small number of property owners, as the majority of water service pipes are conforming. Professional engineers and licensed water contractors should be aware of this provision. This ensures that water service pipes are installed conventionally and avoids potential disputes in the future (e.g., impact of water leaks).Financial impact to the property owner includes the cost of abandoning the non-conforming water service pipe and installing a conforming water service pipe that would connect to the new fronting water main.See Part 6 – Connection Requirements for more information.
- Adding “moderate” 2 hazard buildings to require premises isolation 3This provision would impact business property owners, licensed backflow testers and plumbing contractors. This further protects the City’s drinking water.Financial impacts to the business property owner include:
- the cost of installing an approved backflow prevention device, estimated in the range of $2,000 and $10,000 per device, and sometimes greater depending on the situation,
- annual testing of each device, estimated at $150 and up, depending on the number of devices.
See Part 7 – Backflow and Cross-Connection Controls for more information.
- Increasing restrictions and clarifying permit conditions for the use of public and private fire hydrants.The fire hydrant permit process would impact independent contractors and other City Departments. The Fire Department and licensed fire hydrant testers under the Fire Prevention By-law are excluded from this provision. These restrictions further protect the quality of the City’s drinking water and reduce hydrant maintenance issues.See Part 8 – Fire Hydrants for more information.
- Requiring water meter installations to follow new standard detail drawings.This provision would impact builders, licensed plumbing contractors and backflow testers. This ensures new water meters are installed using a standardized approach that would improve safety and access.See Part 9 – Water Meters and Other Devices for more information.
- Significantly increasing fines for by-law violations from the existing $50 maximum fine.Default fines, proposed in Part 11, mirror the Sewer By-law:
- first offence fine of $1,000 to $50,000,
- second offence fine of $5,000 to $100,000 and
- third offence fine of $10,000 to $250,000.
Minimum fines, proposed in Schedule A, range from $250 to $500 with a discounted amount for early payment.
This provision would impact all stakeholders. This provision is designed to enhance the overall protection of public health and water quality.
See Part 11 and Schedule A for more information.
To learn more about the recommended revisions, please see the Documents and Reports section
Let us know what you think
We invite you to attend a public meeting on the new draft Water By-law.
Location: Masonic Memorial Temple, 420 Corydon Avenue
|Date||Wed. November 26, 2014||Thurs. November 27, 2014|
|Registration and coffee||5:30 – 6:00 pm||9:00 – 9:30 am|
|Presentation||6:00 – 6:30 pm||9:30 – 10:00 am|
|Question & answer period||6:30 – 7:30 pm||10:00 – 11:00 am|
Provide us with your comments by Friday January 16, 2015.
|Item #||Task||Completion Date|
|1.||Public Meetings||November 26 & 27, 2014|
|2.||Deadline for Stakeholder Comments||January 16, 2015|
|3.||Public Participation Report||March 2015|
|4.||Revisions to New Draft Water By-law||January – May 2015|
|5.||Report to City Council||October 2015|
|6.||New Water By-law comes into effect||January 1, 2016|
1 A non-conforming water service pipe is a water service pipe that is not connected to a fronting water main
2 moderate hazards are typically found in office buildings, schools, shopping malls, and high-rise buildings.
3 premises isolation is the separation of a customer’s private water system from the City’s public drinking water by installing an approved backflow preventer so that water from a building cannot flow back into the City’s public drinking water system