Kelly Oakley Manager of Corporate Asset Management
705-739-4220 ext 4451Kelly.Oakley@barrie.ca
This page highlights information contained in the
Water AMP. The document outlines the current state of Barrie's water infrastructure and highlights the costs associated with delivering safe drinking water.
The City of Barrie owns and manages assets that support the supply, treatment, storage, transmission and distribution of safe drinking water. As Barrie continues to grow responsibly, ensuring our water network remains in good shape, and can continue to service our increasing number of residents and visitors, is key.By July 1, 2025, the City is required by the Province to outline the costs, risks and benefits of providing different levels of service, including for the delivery of safe drinking water.
To deliver safe drinking water city-wide, the City relies on a network of water assets, including a surface water treatment plant, wells, storage towers and reservoirs, pumping stations, watermains, valves, hydrants and meters. As of 2021, the City owns more than $1.3 billion in water assets, which include:
The City’s network of water assets is expected to grow by more than $250 million over the next 10 years, to an estimated total of more than $1.5 billion by 2031.
As of 2021, 90.6% of the City’s water assets are generally in fair or better condition. This means the City has some time to plan and take preventative measures before more of our water assets need major maintenance or replacement (which comes at a higher cost). Some current areas of concern:
To maintain proper water management, the City should ideally spend more money on water assets than what is available in the budget. There is a gap between the amount available for spending and the amount needed to properly maintain our water assets and the services they provide.
To meet Barrie’s growth, an additional $1.25 million per year is needed over what has already been budgeted by the City. This additional funding would allow the City to:
Assets in very poor condition, as well as high-risk assets, also need financial support. For instance:
Regarding operations and maintenance, some additional funding is needed to ensure water services continue to be delivered effectively. These additional funds would cover new condition assessments identified through the AMP as necessary and would help the City meet repair program requirements.
Current funding sources for building, upgrading and renewing water assets include:
The City of Barrie must meet several provincial requirements to ensure that the water delivered across the city is safe. This includes meeting the standards set out in the Province’s
Safe Drinking Water Act (2002), the Clean Water Act (2006) and the Ontario’s Drinking Water Quality Management Standard.
The Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) assesses the overall health of municipal infrastructure as reported by cities and communities across Canada. Using the CIRC assessment, comparisons between the City of Barrie and the national average can be made.
The CIRC concludes that most municipalities have infrastructure that is underfunded and that it is a common theme. The City of Barrie's reinvestment rates and infrastructure gaps are aligned with many other municipalities across the country.
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