June 01, 2006 15:00 ET

City of Montreal: Water Management-$126 Million in Concrete Actions

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - June 1, 2006) - Mr. Sammy Forcillo, member of the executive committee responsible for infrastructure, road networks and water management, today unveiled the city's 2006 action plan for major water management projects and repairs. This year, the Tremblay-Zampino administration will invest a total of $126 million in order to gradually upgrade the city's water treatment infrastructures as well as its sewer and aqueduct network. These investments are the result of a strategic vision that clearly reflects the administration's commitment to ensure Montrealers can benefit from water infrastructures that are in good shape over the next 20 years.

"The current situation requires us to mobilize all of our energies since a portion of our sewer and aqueduct network has reached the end of its service life and must be replaced. Our efforts are unprecedented since the City of Montreal has never before made such major investments in its water infrastructure in the short and long term. These investments will continue to increase over the years so that by 2013 the costs of water management will be auto financed thanks to a dedicated water fund as well as the support of other levels of government," said Mr. Forcillo.

In 2006 alone, approximately 94 work projects totaling $70,8 million will be undertaken to repair local aqueduct and sewer infrastructures. They include work on Gouin Blvd. between 58th Avenue and 71st Avenue in the Riviere-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles borough ($13,5 million), Saint-Laurent Blvd., between Sherbrooke St. and Mont-Royal Ave. In the Ville-Marie and Plateau-Mont-Royal boroughs ($8 million), Queen-Mary Rd. between Lemieux St. and Cote-des-Neiges Rd. in the Cote-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace borough ($5 million) and Marcel-Laurin Blvd. between Saint-Louis St. and du College St. in the Saint-Laurent borough ($3,9 million).

These are just some of the major projects that will be undertaken this year as there are many work projects that will also be carried out in the area of drinking water production and repairing major pipes. These undertakings involve upgrading drinking water production facilities, pumping stations and reservoirs. As well, throughout 2006 other work will be carried out in terms of wastewater treatment and collectors.

"The different actions that we are announcing today reflect our administration's priority of investing in our infrastructures so that we can ensure Montrealers can enjoy water that is of good quality. We are therefore working in the best interests of the current population with the knowledge that we will also be to pass on to future generations infrastructure that is sustainable. This is another example of our administration's promises in terms of responsibly managing city assets", said Mr. Forcillo.

Close to one third of the city's aqueduct network has reached the end of its service life representing approximately 1,500 kilometers of pipes that need to be repaired or replaced. As for the sewer network, a total of 1,600 kilometers suffer from structural problems. The city plans to invest an additional $4 billion over the next 20 years to repair and restore Montreal's water infrastructure and improve the network in general.

Contact Information

  • Source : Cabinet du Maire et du Comite executif
    Bernard Larin
    Press Attache
    (514) 872-9998
    Information :
    Division des communications sectorielles
    Dominique Henriet
    (514) 868-5039