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Controversial water services recommendation to be voted upon by Peterborough council

Consultant suggests city look after all water services

June 24, 2022  By Ground Water Canada

Peterborough, Ont. – A decision will be rendered Monday by city council about whether or not to accept a consultant’s recommendation that all of Peterborough’s water-related services be administered by the city.

The Peterborough Utilities Commission currently looks after drinking water, but the city manages sewage and stormwater treatment.

Three years ago, the city wondered if it would be more efficient if it handled all water services and commissioned a consultant to make a determination. The consultant’s report suggested the city could save $2.8 million annually by taking over drinking water management.


The report has had its share of controversy with the city’s mayor calling it “biased.” She moved to reject the recommendation, but the motion was outvoted 7-4. A final vote will be made in July to determine the fate of the recommendation.

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