The Current Water Advisories map is now available.
The City and the Water Security Agency have issued a Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory for the southeast areas of the City of Moose Jaw, including Pleasant View, River Park and University Heights. The area affects approximately 100 residents. Due to needed repairs, a water main has been shutoff. The shutoff has resulted in below required chlorine levels in your area. Levels have been monitored by the City since the shutoff. The City has ordered the required specialty parts to do the repairs and timeline for arrival is 7 – 10 days. Due to these low chlorine levels, residents in the area are advised to boil drinking water. This is simply a precautionary measure. There is no confirmed contamination. The water is fine to use for hygienic purposes (showering, etc.) but should be boiled for consumptive purposes (cooking, drinking, oral hygiene). The City is working with the Water Security Agency to issue this advisory to ensure the safety of residents’ drinking water. The advisory will be in effect for at least 2 weeks, beginning today. Flushing and testing will continue until chlorine levels are back up to standards of the Water Security Agency. Affected residents will be advised when the advisory is over. The City of Moose Jaw appreciates your patience and cooperation to ensure residents’ drinking water remains safe and secure.
A petition regarding the Local Improvement Program (LIP) for the City of Moose Jaw’s Cast Iron Water Main Replacement Project has been verified and a referendum will be voted on by Moose Jaw residents during the general election on Oct. 26, 2016. According to The Cities Act (Saskatchewan), when 10 per cent or more of the population of a municipality supports a petition a referendum is triggered. Once the petition is received, it must be verified. The City contracted an outside agency to perform this verification and the sufficiency report of the petition was accepted by City Council last night. After surveying residents in 2015 and receiving final approval from the Saskatchewan Municipal Board Council earlier this year, Mayor Deb Higgins and the majority of Council approved the LIP funding model for the cast iron water main replacement program. It was chosen as the fairest and most balanced approach for delivering the water main project. “We thank Moose Jaw residents for their participation in the petition process,” said Mayor Deb Higgins. “We are exploring options to help us provide more information to the public on the cast iron project, the LIP model and other funding options so they can make an informed decision on October 26.” City administration will continue to provide the public with information in the coming weeks about the cast iron water main replacement project, the LIP funding model, other funding alternatives and about the referendum.
The sinkhole at the intersection of Manitoba and 2nd Ave East has been filled. The City expects the intersection to be open to traffic by later this afternoon. The cause of the hole has been determined to be a collapse of an old clay storm sewer. It has since been repaired. Drivers and pedestrians are reminded to respect the barricades and signage placed for public safety. Anyone with concerns can call the City Engineering department at 694-4448.
The north section of Happy Valley Park remains closed to the public as construction crews continue work at the site. The affected areas had tested slightly higher for organics earlier this month and have since been disinfected and are now safe. However, there is still heavy machinery traffic in the north end of the park as the contractor continues to work on repairs. For these safety reasons, this end of the park will remain closed to the public this week. The aging sewer lines have been challenging since the beginning of the project and continue to add to the cause of delays for the repairs. The City continues to work with the contractor to make the necessary repairs and will advise the public when the north section of Happy Valley Park is reopened. The City appreciates the cooperation of residents in respecting the fencing and signage placed in the area for construction safety reasons. Anyone with concerns can call the City Engineering department at 694-4448.
Moose Jaw – Phase 1 of the City’s Cast Iron Water Main Replacement Project is progressing well since its start last month. The program will be accelerating over the remainder of the construction season with the contractor now having two crews working on the project. Four streets are currently actively involved in the project: 8th Avenue NW – Cast iron water main has been replaced. Asphalt work has begun and pavement will be completed soon. 9th Avenue NW (Edmonton to Francis Streets) – Cast iron water main has been replaced. Asphalt work will begin soon. 4th Avenue (Athabasca to Hochelaga Streets) – Cast iron water main has been replaced. Service connection replacement will continue this week. Ominica Street (6th to 8th Avenues) – Temporary water is scheduled to begin next week. Affected residents will be notified by the contractor via delivered notices to their properties. Residents involved in this program receiving temporary water services will receive a credit on an upcoming water bill reflecting the time period they were on temporary service. Contractor site visits with Phase 1 property owners who have submitted their agreements are being scheduled throughout the summer. These contractor site visits will confirm current service connections and provide estimates for work chosen. For additional information on the Cast iron Water main Replacement program please visit the FAQ at http://www.moosejaw.ca/cast-iron-water-mains/faq . Safety As with all projects, safety comes first. City Engineering reminds residents and children to stay a safe distance from equipment and to slow down when passing crews. Pedestrians and drivers are asked to obey barricades and detour signs to ensure safety of workers in the area.
MOOSE JAW – Moose Jaw has been listed as #9 on Canada’s top 25 Best Places for Business in 2016, according to ProfitGuide.com. ProfitGuide.com’s Best Places for Business survey highlights the Canadian cities that strike an optimal balance between prosperous markets, reasonable costs and business-friendly taxation and regulation. Using a combination of public and proprietary market data and survey responses from some 60 municipalities with populations of 15,000 or more, they awarded each city scores on factors such as the cost of office space, the speed of processing a building permit and the percentage of residents holding a university degree. Moose Jaw also ranked #10 on Canada’s Top 10 Most Business-Friendly Places for 2016. The list highlights the cities and districts that go the extra mile to make businesses feel appreciated. They have the lowest property tax mill rates, the fastest processing times for building permits, the most affordable and hassle-free business licensing and more. “We are pleased that the world is being exposed to what Moose Jaw has to offer. Our economic development and planning department, along with our local tourism organization, Chamber of Commerce and local businesses work hard to make our city an inviting place to live, work, learn and invest in – it’s the Moose Jaw advantage,” commented Mayor Deb Higgins. The complete list can be found at: http://www.profitguide.com/manage-grow/strategy-operations/canadas-best-places-for-business-2016-most-business-friendly-104979
One of the biggest challenges in protecting the public is early notification of urgent events such as severe weather or hazardous materials spills. “Early notification of the public is one of the most important steps we can take as emergency managers in helping protect our citizens,” says Brian Wilson, City of Moose Jaw Emergency Measures Coordinator. “We’ve been asking residents and visitors to monitor our social media channels for quite some time now, this new app provides a way for Saskatchewan residents to be aware of all alerts wherever they are, and they can also monitor specific locations, such as where they have family or friends,” said Wilson. The app is easy to use, and is a free download from both Android and IOS app stores. Once installed, users can setup specific locations and adjust the app settings to follow their location so they get the most pertinent notifications based on where they happen to be at any given moment. “We need everyone to take an active part in helping prepare themselves, and downloading this free app is a very simple first step in looking after your well-being and safety,” said Wilson. The City of Moose Jaw’s Emergency Measures Organisation is part of a provincial initiative to utilize the National Alert Aggregation and Dissemination System (NAAD) to provide early notification and warning of critical events. Those alerts go to area broadcasters including television and radio, and are also broadcast on the Weather Network (television and app), along with SaskAlert. Users can set their app to only display “critical alerts” if they want to limit the number of alerts they receive. The City’s Emergency Measures Organisation, an arm of the Fire Department, is looking at opportunities to raise awareness about the new provincial imitative at upcoming events.