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Construction Project

Water Service & Backflow Prevention Upgrades

This project is an annual program to install backflow prevention devices and water meters at various parks and open spaces in Barrie. The backflow devices help to reduce the risk of water distribution system contamination and to improve water usage data.

2020 Program Details

The Backflow prevention upgrades will be occurring at the following parks and open spaces:

  • (To be determined)


Estimated Start:Summer 2020
Estimated Completion:Fall 2020

Affected Services

Water service, Hydro, Telephone, Cable TV, and Gas services should not be affected by the construction, barring any unforeseen circumstances. Some temporary interruptions in the sanitary service will occur when the pipe liner material is curing. You will receive notices of the interruptions at least a day before they are scheduled to occur.

Garbage Collection

On the normal curbside collection day, impacted residents are asked to place all garbage, organics, recyclables and yard waste materials at the front of their property as usual. The City’s waste pickup contractor is anticipated to have access through the construction site. If the City’s waste pickup contractor does not have access, the construction contractor will remove these items and take them to outside of the construction zone, for pickup by the City’s waste pickup contractor.Your garbage cans, organics bin and recycling boxes will be returned to your property later that day. Please mark your address on all of your containers.

It is very important that you take your refuse and recyclable items to the front of your property by 7am, otherwise these items might not be picked up.

Emergency Services

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Access to Properties

All reasonable efforts will be made to maintain vehicle access to driveways. However, there may be some temporary interruptions to access during construction while construction vehicles maneuver. Access will be restored as quickly as possible.

The Contractor will provide prior notice of any imminent access restrictions to the businesses and residents.

Pedestrian access to all homes and businesses will be maintained during construction.


The contractor is required to conduct his work in a safe manner, including working in the middle of the roadway with through traffic.  We ask that you take extra caution during the construction period to ensure everyone’s safety.

Traffic Impacts

The contractor will use traffic control measures to permit through traffic through the construction site.  Typically this will include using traffic cones to steer drivers around the contractor’s vehicles, which will frequently be parked in the centre of the roadway where sanitary maintenance structures (manholes) are.  Occasionally, flag persons will be required to assist with traffic control.

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