Public Works Department History
Early public works development began during the Great Depression years and War years when such civic works were restricted, or done cheaply, due to inadequate funding. Up until the late 1970s, the city had old cast iron water lines, old concrete sewer lines, and gravel streets.
In 1978, we started to replace all the water and sewer lines. By 1981, those old lines had been replaced with modern plastic lines. Then, in 1982 and 1983, we paved most of the city's streets.
Our department is staffed with eight full-time workers (including a mechanic), and two part-time workers. We maintain 50 kilometres each of water lines, sewer lines and streets. Equipment consists of a two graders, two tandem trucks, 2 wheel loaders, one backhoe, hydrovac unit and various small items such as a sewer flusher, line painter, tree chipper, remote sewer line camera and pumps.
Information On Frozen Water Lines
During the winter months, some water lines in the City may freeze. This can happen when the already cold water within the service lines encounters the frost in the ground. The bulletin below contains information on preventing frozen water lines, as well as what to do in the event that water lines do freeze.
Annual Project Reports:
The reports below contain information on the major projects undertaken by the Engineering Department each year. Many of these projects are done in conjunction with the Public Works Department, and impact the City's infrastructure.