Having asked the residents to conserve water, the Town of Morden is also taking steps to reduce its water usage.
The Morden Aquatic Spray Park hours have been reduced from 12 hours a day (9:00 am – 9:00 pm) to 10 hours a day (10:00 am – 8:00 pm). This reduction will reduce the amount of water used by the park and help the overall system. The new hours started on July 17th, 2012 and will continue for the rest of the summer.
Having one water tower taken out of service, we all need to help conserve water to make sure the water reserves are kept high enough to accommodate the emergency requirements for fire fighting. This is a temporary situation until a new water storage facility is in place.
“The old wading pool was open for 7 hours a day, even at these reduced hours the Spray Park is still open longer. Although there is reduced staffing and chemical costs to a spray park, the amount of water used is considerably higher. We are trying to do our part in reducing water usage but still provide a way to cool off on the hot summer days. Your understanding is most appreciated,” said Clare Agnew – Director of Community Services.
Another way for the Town to reduce water use is at the ball diamonds. Buhler Diamond has a sprinkler system that is on a timer from 11:00 pm – 7:30 am, watering different sections of the diamond throughout the night. This watering has been changed to run every second night.
Areas where new grass has been planted this summer will still be watered in order to ensure it establishes properly.
The Town of Morden would like to report that due to one water tower being taken out of service, combined with the hot climate conditions, water consumption in the Town has increased to the point where it has become an issue. Residents are being asked for their help to conserve water.
The suggested method of conservation is simple. Residents with odd house numbers are asked to water their gardens on odd calendar dates and even house numbers on even calendar dates.
Even with the Water Treatment Plant running at full capacity, during the high demand periods, each day the water storage levels are dropping. The plant can produce enough water each day but needs more storage space to cover these high usage periods. As well as having enough water for high usage periods, we also need to ensure there is enough water in storage to cover our emergency requirements for fire fighting.
“The intent is to have the new storage tank built in 2013. Options for this new storage facility are being studied at this time. Residents cooperation with this temporary issue is most appreciated,” said Les Wieler – Director of Public Works.
Work has started on the lagoon expansion so you will see the large equipment out on the land. Council awarded the tender for the Wastewater Stabilization Pond Expansion to JKW Construction for the quoted price of $2,517,052.00 plus applicable taxes at a special meeting held on April 16th, 2007.
The Canada-Manitoba Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF) application was submitted in June of 2005 and $1.8 Million in MRIF support for the project was announced on December 21st, 2006. Council approved the signing of the agreement at the March 26th, 2007 Council Meeting and the project started the week of April 23rd, 2007.
Because the Town of Morden is growing so quickly it needed to expand the Morden Wastewater Lagoon by adding a new secondary hydraulic cell. This new cell will provide capacity for many years and accommodate a total population of 8,053 people or an additional 640 homes.
This project will allow sustainable growth, increase the efficiency of the wastewater collection and treatment system, accommodate the new Environmental Act License requirement of a 227-day storage period as well as protect the aquatic ecosystems.
The $1.8 million in MRIF support for the project is being split three ways between the Town of Morden, the Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada, with the Town of Morden providing the balance of the remaining total project costs.
“This will finally complete the long awaited and much needed expansion,” said Les Wieler, Director of Public Works.