While we’re all endeavoring to finish our Christmas shopping and be mindful of our personal budgets ever aware of the global economic uncertainty, those of us living in Hespeler might wonder if the City of Cambridge feels the same about watching every penny!
On my street alone in the past 6 months, we’ve seen no less than 4 water main breaks. That in itself is not so troubling – things get old and need to be fixed. Here’s the problem though. In talking to neighbors whose yards and driveways have been dug up to get to the root of the problem (no pun intended since we’ve been told by city workers that its tree roots that are the problem), the water pressure has usually been an issue for several weeks and months before the city ever comes by to check out the cause. Residents are told to have their own plumbing checked, being assured that the problem is definitely in the house.
In all four instances on my street, the water pressure problems can’t be solved and the city finally shows up. They dig everything up and in most cases “fix” things. But, usually the water begins flowing again, down driveways and down the street and straight to the sewer grates. In one case, the water flowed freely for more than a month before the city returned!
Now there are 4 houses on this Hespeler street with orange and black caution cones on driveways. The street has been dug up and left unrepaired in one place. Three driveways have been dug up and left unrepaired. And one home is still enjoying a steady flow of water from their broken water main, down their driveway and into the street.
Besides the obvious danger that comes from this free flowing water during the season of snow and ice, there’s a big question on the minds of every resident on my street: who is paying for all this water flowing straight down the drain? I am sure many residents are keeping a steady eye on their water bills looking for sudden spikes. I am sure that the resident who had his neighbor hooked up to his water supply for several weeks when the water had to be turned off at one home’s street level is worried about who will be paying and how difficult it will be to sort out. If the city is paying for this free-flowing water wastage, all residents of Cambridge should be concerned because very likely this problem is happening in other places in the city and sooner or later, it will show up in increased water rates for Cambridge.
So, you may not be able to see fantastic Christmas light displays in our neighborhood (although they are pretty good), you will definitely be able to come and view the bright orange and black cones and enjoy the sights and sounds of our clean water going down the drain.Tags: city of cambridge, hespeler