The by-law states that any property with a building requiring water or wastewater servicing which fronts onto a road allowance with existing municipal services is required to connect within eighteen months of passing of the by-law.
The by-law implementation will be phased in, beginning with an area within Fenelon Falls this month. Approximately thirty property owners in the Fenelon Falls area will begin receiving notices later this month.
The original Mandatory Connection By-law 2005-075 requiring connection was updated and passed by Council in 2014. Since that time, Public Works staff has worked to establish a process for implementation of the by-law requirements and lessen the financial burden on residents. The information packages sent to affected residents will include a step-by-step process for connecting their property to the City’s main, disconnecting wells, all required forms, and a financing option in relation to the frontage and connection charges.
In addition, staff have proposed that the City exempt residents from the cost of plumbing permits. The by-law is in place to ensure that all properties within areas that are serviced by the City’s water and wastewater facilities are in fact connected to the system. For many years, the City and select residents have supported the cost of these services.
“The City maintains twenty-one water treatment plants and six sewage plants and has invested millions of dollars in upgrades and maintenance. Residents that become connected to City services will be assured of clean, safe drinking water and sewage treatment,” commented Ward 6 Councillor Doug Elmslie.