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Like many cities, Kitchener is facing the urgent challenge of aging underground water and sewer infrastructure.
The below video shows how investing in new water pipes helps ensure reliablity of service.
In the next 20 years, 60 per cent of the watermains will be at or near the end of their lifecycle. It was once believed that pipes installed by our grandparents' generation would last 80 years. Experience is showing that they last about 50 years. The result is a backlog of infrastructure that needs to be replaced under the city's 10-year capital forecast totalling $63 million.
It's important to continue to invest in our infrastructure. Stabilization and capital reserves are depleted and not available to offset the cost of these utilities - nor is that a sustainable model. Reducing service levels will have substantial impacts on the city and its citizens including:
Proactive maintenance and replacement of aging infrastructure is paid for through water and sewage rates, allowing us to deliver safe water.