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Canadian Infrastructure Report Card

Municipal infrastructure gets people and goods moving, provides safe drinking water, handles our waste, creates spaces for sport and recreation, and helps protect our homes against flooding and other natural disasters. It is the foundation that the daily life of Canadians is built upon.

The Canadian Infrastructure Report Card assesses the condition of Canada’s municipally-owned infrastructure to help decision-makers identify cracks in this important foundation, and inform solutions to address them.

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Infrastructure money to come 'soon,' and focus on water

When can cities expect access to the federal money to help fix the infrastructure?

According to Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, money for infrastructure projects meant to stimulate the economy, which will likely focus on repairs and maintenance in the first phase of funding, will start flowing soon — as soon as the budget is passed.

“It’s not a shiny thing to invest in, water, wastewater and repairing the infrastructure, but that is critical to the quality of life,” he said.

Just imagine for a minute if your water, wastewater system fails. It’s a direct impact on health. It’s a direct impact on the health of the communities and a huge burden on the economy, so this is something that is needed.

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The science behind Flint's water crisis

Flint’s recent water crisis is a stinging reminder that the infrastructure we often take for granted has many vulnerabilities.

The crisis also underscores the complexity of providing communities with safe, high-quality potable water.

Flint changed water supplies. Their new water was corrosive. Being corrosive, it attacked the element most susceptible to corrosion in the first place - old fashioned metal pipes.

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Flint is not alone

Experts say Canadian pipes have lead, too

Water toxicity experts estimate that roughly 10 per cent of Canadians are at risk of being exposed to lead through their drinking water as Americans in Flint, Mich., grapple with an ongoing drinking water scandal.

Research funded by the Canadian Water Network estimates that about 60,000 households in major cities across the country still have lead service lines connecting the home to the municipal water supply.

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The $125-billion question - where will the infrastructure spending go?

Infrastructure spending is shaping up to be the Liberals’ biggest single policy response to the dramatic changes in the Canadian economy.

The Globe and Mail spoke with city mayors across the countryabout their most important infrastructure projects, how much they’ll cost and what the short and long-term payoffs might be.

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South Halifax street floods after water main break

While most of Canada is enjoying unseasonably mild temperatures, that still doesn't mean the end of problems for old fashioned, bitter iron pipes.

A water main break flooded south end Halifax streets mid-month during a winter storm. Residents in the area reported seeing flooding on a day when much of Nova Scotia was blanketed in snow.

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Comments or Questions?

I'm always curious to know what's happening in your municipality. If you're doing a major infrastructure renewal or innovation, let me know!

Veso Sobot, P.Eng
Ipex Management Inc.
veso.sobot@ipexna.com

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