Water service has improved since privatization, says Brownstein
BY MARTIN C. BARRY
There has been “outstanding improvement” in the quality of water service in Côte St. Luc since its privatization earlier this year, according to a report on the City’s public works operations.
Tabling a summary of the public works dossier for the past year in Côte St. Luc city council last week, Councillor Mitchell Brownstein said results of efforts made by Dessau-Soprin, the engineering company that now manages the water system, show response time to residents’ calls has been exceptional.
“Responses generally are the same day for non-urgent calls, and for urgent calls within 30 minutes, which is a major improvement,” he said.
Brownstein said city councillors met two weeks ago with Dessau-Soprin officials regarding solutions to help maintain Côte St. Luc’s water pipes, stop corrosion and restore their quality so there is less breakage.
“There would be an investment, but if we go that route, hopefully like some other cities, in time we could have no leaks and that would save us a lot of money and give better service to our residents,” he said. “So we’re looking into new and innovative ways to make Côte St. Luc’s water system the best.”
Regarding other projects completed over the past year, Brownstein said Cavendish from Heywood to Fleet was repaved, with a resulting street surface that is “fantastic,” even though there were traffic inconveniences. Davies Avenue was also resurfaced this year, and various streets and sidewalks around the city were repaired at a cost of $320,000.
Renovations to the library were completed for $750,000 and the following major projects were also in preparation: City hall and library roofs, $1,000,000; synchronization of of Cavendish traffic lights to be
completed by the end of this year, $175,000; renovations of Cavendish underpass pump station to start this year, $850,000.
Brownstein said six fire hydrants in Côte St. Luc were repaired this year, compared to 1.25 per year by the City of Montreal (which had previously been responsible) over the past decade. A permanent fix for a troublesome watermain at the intersection of Cavendish and Côte St. Luc Road is currently being worked out.
“We have started an overall study of the state of our aqueduct and sewer system to learn where the weak points are and target the problem areas and simply know where and how much we need to invest in our infrastructure,” he said, adding that the City’s flower-planting campaign was completed successfully at a cost savings.
With some improvements, Côte St.Luc’s parks were the cleanest they have been in years, according to Brownstein, and close to 200 trees were planted in the city with many more expected, surpassing an Earth Day goal. He said the public works departments is currently within budget and is targeting 97 per cent achievement, labor excluded.