Tottenham water pipeline extension on track for December completion

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They’re getting closer.

The Tottenham pipeline extension is getting closer to hooking up with the Mill Street reservoir by the Town’s water tower off the 4th Line.

Crews are now working in an area at the end of Industrial Road and preparing to run the pipeline down that road.

The project got under-way in June 2020, and crews have steadily been making progress laying the pipe along Tottenham road, then crossing over to the Industrial Road location.

The primary scope of work of this project included the installation of a water transmission main from the McKelvey Water Reservoir in Beeton to the Mill Street Reservoir in Tottenham.

Work commenced on County Road10, in the summer, then progressed to Sideroad 10, in the fall of 2020, before going along McKnight Cres. to Industrial Rd.

Avertex Utility Solutions Inc., is the company performing the work. The entire project runs for 9.2ki-lometres.

The project will cost $17.64 million with about $14.7 million going to the contractor and the rest going to things like geotechnical services, design, and inspection work.

The total cost is about $4.7 million more that previously esti-mated.

By the end of the project the Town expects to spend over $11 million on other upgrades that will be needed to support this project.

There’s a lot of planning that goes into installing a pipeline with much of it done well before actual construction begins.

After obtaining approval of the pipeline route the route must be assessed for obstacles both natural and man made.

When encountering things like existing roads, streams, rivers, and wet-lands, pipelines are generally constructed to run underneath by either boring for shallow depth, or using horizontal directional drilling for deeper placement.

The project will continue through the year will have a completion date estimated for December 2021 and commissioning of the new system in the spring of 2022.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times