The engineering department is continuously evaluating the water distribution system. With new developments increasing the demand for water as well as the increasing age of the system reducing the distribution capacity it is critical to plan into the future in order to maintain the high standard of service we enjoy today.
To assist with the future planning, the city developed a computerized water model to calculate the water capacity in the distribution system for both the existing land use as well as future zoning. The model was used to create the Master Water Servicing Study which identifies existing and future upgrades based on the City’s existing and future water demands.
The city also monitors the current condition of the distribution system by tracking the number of repairs each year. This is a good indication of when a pipe is reaching the end of its useful life and should be considered for replacement.
Considering both the condition of the pipe as well as the capacity in the system the engineering department has developed a capital plan which identifies approximately when each of the watermain upgrades will be necessary. As development patterns change and the city system ages it is necessary to review and update the capital plan prior to adopting the Annual Capital Works Plan for the current year