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TitleMunicipal water well efficiency programs - a fresh approach in Peel Region: the good, the bad and the imminent
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LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorLasso, L
SourceRegional-scale groundwater geoscience in southern Ontario: an Ontario Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Canada, and Conservation Ontario open house; by Russell, H A JORCID logo; Ford, D; Priebe, E H; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8212, 2017 p. 24, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
MeetingOntario Geological Survey and Geological Survey of Canada groundwater geoscience open house; Guelph; CA; March 1-2, 2017
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Regional-scale groundwater geoscience in southern Ontario: an Ontario Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Canada, and Conservation Ontario open house
File formatpdf
NTS30M/12; 30M/13; 40P/16
AreaRegion of Peel; Caledon
Lat/Long WENS -80.2500 -79.5000 44.0000 43.5833
Subjectshydrogeology; groundwater; aquifers; groundwater resources; resource management; urban planning; water wells
ProgramGroundwater Geoscience Aquifer Assessment & support to mapping
Released2017 02 22
AbstractThe Region of Peel operates 15 municipal production wells and 4 municipal residential drinking water systems in the Town of Caledon communities of Alton, Caledon East, Caledon Village, Cheltenham, Inglewood, and Palgrave. Historically, well maintenance has been carried out on a regular, as needed, basis to maintain the water supply for the residents of these communities. Typically the water operations group would determine the maintenance schedule in response to either the staff noticing a decline in the well performance and a consultant/contractor would be commissioned to help in addressing the issue or due to a periodical well and pump maintenance program.
Early 2016, the groundwater group recognized the lack of involvement in the Region's well maintenance tasks by technically qualified regional staff from other groups. A new approach was proposed by the groundwater group to management and it was approved to start a pilot project by the end of 2016, whereby cross-functional staff (Operations, hydrogeologists, management and Program Planning and Compliance) took on additional responsibilities for the well efficiency program. Palgrave No. 2 was approved to test the proposed approach. Only after the project team met to discuss and plan for a comprehensive testing of the Palgrave water system was a contractor and consultant retained, albeit with a reduced scope of work.
As a result of the work in Palgrave No. 2, several inconsistencies were found in Peel's approach to maintaining the rural community's water supply systems. These were largely due to poor, or in some cases non-existent, communication between various technical experts in different groups within the region.
The new approach has fostered a renewed sense of appreciation for the diverse skills among Peel Region staff and will undoubtedly result in less reliance upon contractors and consultants for this type of work into the future.
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Proceedings for Regional-Scale Groundwater Geoscience in Southern Ontario open house organized by the Ontario Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Canada and Conservation Ontario Geoscientists. Open house is on 2017-03-01 and 02. Purpose is public engagement and dissemination of geoscience completed in Southern Ontario during the past year.

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