by Mac Christie Flamborough Review
The City of Hamilton will explore options for additional water storage in Carlisle, as the existing water tower and system does not meet the demand in the community. – Mac Christie/Torstar
The City of Hamilton will explore a new water storage system for Carlisle this fall.
In an email, city spokesperson Emily Trotta said although a comprehensive water conservation program was undertaken in the community over the past five years — and although the resident and community efforts were “notable and commendable” — demand was not consistently below the threshold necessary to remove the need for additional water storage in the community.
“As a result, the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) will continue and will evaluate the best solution for water storage in Carlisle,” Trotta said. “This Environmental Assessment process will incorporate environmental, socio-cultural, and financial aspects of each potential option, and will include community feedback as part of the process.”
Trotta noted city staff are currently working on preparations to restart the formal EA process, which is necessary to evaluate the “most appropriate concepts for improving water service delivery through infrastructure changes in the community.” “The Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) will continue and will evaluate the best solution for water storage in Carlisle.” — Emily Trotta, city spokesperson
Ward 15 Coun. Judi Partridge, who was part of the working committee of 12 residents who put forward the conservation program, said the group was formed when there was consideration of an additional water tower for Carlisle.
“Which I was hugely opposed to and I know residents were vehemently opposed to,” she said.
The working group wrapped up in June 2020 and part of their focus and mandate was to develop a water conservation program to get people in Carlisle on the water system to reduce their consumption.
“Many of them were very, very high,” she said. “That did work somewhat, except that the data and analysis really showed that even with reducing the use of water, it really wasn’t going to be enough to satisfy the storage capacity that’s needed — particularly if there’s a fire out on the concessions.
“When we have a fire out on the concessions in the Flamborough north area, they do go to the Carlisle Arena to fill the tanker trucks.”
Partridge said a new committee will be established to look at a new storage facility.
“But it is not a tower,” she said. “It will be an in-ground storage that will look at being able to have some additional storage for additional water, which will better meet the ongoing needs of the community — especially when there is an emergency.”
However, Trotta said what the additional storage will look like has not yet been decided.
“With the passage of time and as a result of the work done by the community, local councillor, and city staff under the conservation program, there is new information and data to consider when evaluating the range of solutions that might be appropriate for Carlisle,” Trotta said in terms of the potential water storage options. “(The EA) process has not yet started so a formal list of alternative solutions is not yet available.
“Once started, the project as required under EA guidance, will identify the viable options that will be further evaluated in search of the preferred alternative.”
For her part, Partridge said the community certainly needs additional storage. As well, she said the residents who are on the committee will be those who are actually on the Carlisle municipal water system.
“We’re looking at a couple of different locations right now that are in the heart of Carlisle,” she said. “It’s an exciting new project that I am very much looking forward to.”