Waterloo region residents react to new water supply deal with the province
The City of Waterloo announced Monday that it has agreed to purchase a third of the water from the Niagara River from 2018 to 2022.
Waterloo regional chief water and wastewater services director Dave Taylor said the purchase is a significant investment in the region’s water supply.
“We have been able to make significant investments in our system, particularly our ability to meet our water needs and to keep our water supply reliable,” Taylor said in a statement.
The agreement with Ontario will allow the city to obtain the water supply for the next 10 years.
The city’s new contract with the Niagara Regional District is worth $3.9 million over the life of the contract.
The contract with Ontario was announced by Mayor Dan Rutherford on Friday.
The purchase is expected to reduce the city’s water usage by about a third, according to the city.
Water supply to the area will be made available in two ways: from municipal wastewater and from the Ontario Municipal Sewerage District.
The municipal wastewater system provides drinking water to the region, including the downtown, Waterloo Regional Hospital and the area around the University of Waterloo.
The Niagara Regional Sewer System provides water to about 1,300 homes and businesses, including those in the city of Waterloo, according the city, which is part of the Niagara Region.