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Kawartha Lakes to investigate Woodville water capacity

DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

KAWARTHA LAKES: The City of Kawartha Lakes is looking for some clarity on the village of Woodville’s future capacity for expansion.

At a Committee of the Whole meeting, on Tuesday, January 11th, councillors voted to have city staff create a report for council, regarding “an update on water service capacity of the existing system in the Village of Woodville.” The motion, brought forward as a memorandum from Ward 4 Councillor Andrew Veale, also stated, the report should include information on “existing capacity availability for future development, and the feasibility of service expansion, including existing test well capabilities and use.”

At the meeting, Councillor Veale explained what he is looking for with this motion.

“Quite simply; is there sufficient capacity or not? If there’s not, what is the issue and what is the plan to correct it?” he explained.

In the memorandum, Councillor Veale wrote that since 2015, “staff concerns about the water system have curbed expansion in Woodville” and he’s asking for city council to “look at the data, pertaining to existing capacity availability, and make a decision so [the] community may be permitted to grow and prosper as other communities within the city are.”

Councillor Veale said, “there’s been many, many studies done” but there has been “no action taken” on them.

As it was a Committee of the Whole meeting, the approved motion still needs to be ratified at a council meeting later this month.

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