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March 28, 2002
City hosts water and wastewater utility study open houses
  
Works and Emergency Services - The City's Chief Administrator's Office is
conducting a study of alternative governance options for Toronto's water and
wastewater services. The goal of the study is to determine which option will
best serve Toronto's long-term water and wastewater infrastructure needs. All
options being reviewed would keep water and wastewater services in the public
sector.

Toronto's Works and Emergency Services department provides water and wastewater
services to Toronto businesses and residents and portions of York and Peel
Regions. Mike Price, General Manager of Water and Wastewater Services, says "A
review of alternative public utility models is essential at this time to
determine which model would be most suitable for managing current and future
challenges especially in light of Walkerton and pending legislation."

Public consultation is an important part of the study. Environmental groups,
industry (including contractors, consulting engineers and large-volume users),
labour unions and the general public are being consulted. Toronto residents
are encouraged to attend one of four open houses, being held across the City of
Toronto between April 2 and 13, 2002.

Open house schedule:

Tuesday, April 2, 2002
Metro Hall
55 John Street
Rooms 308 & 309
4 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, April 4, 2002
Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive
Committee Rooms 1 & 2
4 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10, 2002
North York Civic Centre
5100 Yonge Street
Council Chambers & Foyer
4 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 13, 2002
Etobicoke Civic Centre
399 The West Mall
Council Chambers & Foyer
12 to 5 p.m.

Councillor Betty Disero, Chair of Works Committee, says, "The study will
identify the most appropriate public sector option for continuing to provide
Toronto residents with the highest quality drinking water and handling of
wastewater in an environmentally safe manner." She adds, "Residents should
take the opportunity to attend an open house, learn more about the study, and
provide their vision for Toronto's water."

The study will cover governance issues, risk analysis, legal requirements,
corporate service agreements, human resource issues, infrastructure funding,
and impacts on the tax base, the water rates and other City departments and
services.

Residents who are unable to attend an open house can submit comments to the
study team via phone, e-mail, fax or mail:

Phone: 416-338-2400 (24-hour Comment Line)
Email: utilitystudy@city.toronto.on.ca< /a>

Fax: 416-392-2974
TTY: 416-397-0831
Mail: Public Consultation and Community Outreach
Attention: Water & Wastewater Utility Study
18th floor, Metro Hall, 55 John Street
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

For more information about the study visit
www.city.toronto.on.
ca/involved/utilitystudy


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