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Aug. 7, 2020 | Friday
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Town spending $105,000 to stop Garrison Village E. coli leaks
Repairs will continue at the Garrison Village storm sewers. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake will continue to investigate and do minor repairs to the storm sewer system at Garrison Village, town councillors decided Monday.

The estimated cost for the project is $105,300.

In 2015, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority found high E. coli levels in water samples from the village’s storm outfalls. The contamination was possibly caused by animal feces and cross-connections from the sanitary sewer, said Carla Coveart of GM BluePlan Engineering during a presentation to councillors on July 8.

The latest project stems from a two-year probe into sources of E. coli leaking into Lake Ontario. The town is already spending about $500,000 on the investigation and sewer repairs, primarily in the area of King and Queen streets in Old Town.

The investigation’s main goal is to identify the source of E.coli in the system, said Coveart. The investigation showed cracks and fractures in outfalls, root intrusion at some sewer connections as well as raccoon feces in the storm system.

Coveart’s recommendation was to conduct an investigation involving closed-circuit cameras, dye testing, smoke testing as well as water sampling and a system flush. She also recommended protecting the outlets so that animals, such as raccoons, can’t enter the system.

Coveart said there are no health concerns for Garrison Village residents, as the work will only be dealing with underground issues.

Brett Ruck, the town’s manager of environmental services, said there are 26 outlets on One Mile Creek that also need investigation but it will require more resources. The investigation on One Mile Creek is planned to start after the Garrison and King Street sewer projects are over.

Coun. Gary Burroughs congratulated the town and the consultants, saying it was “such a positive story” as they managed to identify and fix an issue that’s been “going on and on for years.”