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2010 Water and Waste Water Monitoring Report - E-10-048 P-10-038

2010 Water and Waste Water Monitoring Report - E-10-048 P-10-038

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Report: E-10-048/P-10-038
Page 1 of 12
Jim Wideman and Members of the
Planning and Works Committee
May 18, 2010
 THAT the Regional Municipality of Waterloo accept the 2010 Water and Wastewater Monitoring Reportsummarized in Report E-10-048/P-10-038 as the account of water supply and wastewater treatmentcapacity as of December 31, 2009;AND THAT capacity be formally reserved for the new Boxwood Employment Lands as requested byCambridge Council and as described in Report E-10-048/P-10-038, dated May 18, 2010.
 The 2010 Water and Wastewater Monitoring Report (2010 WWWMR) outlines the ability of theRegional water supply and wastewater treatment facilities to accommodate the current, short tomedium term demands to 2021. The full report is available on the Region’s Water Services websiteand at the Water Services administration office. A draft of the report was previously distributed to allArea Municipalities for review. Regional staff has reviewed all issues raised by the affected AreaMunicipal staff and are unaware of any remaining outstanding concerns.Firm or system water supply capacities were adequate to meet actual maximum demands in allcommunities supplied by a Regional system in 2009. Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) capacitieswere sufficient at all Regional plants to treat actual average flows in 2009. Firm or system watersupply and wastewater capacities in 2021 are based on the implementation of works from the Region'scurrent capital program; the10-year and longer term (2021) forecasts for water and wastewatercapacities are anticipated to be adequate to accommodate all current development commitments.Through the Water and Wastewater Master Plans, the water and wastewater capacities are plannedfor the next thirty years based on the “Places to Grow” forecasts for population and employment. Theallocation of remaining capacity to new development is determined by Region of Waterloo staff incooperation with the Local Area Municipalities.Prior to the registration of a plan of subdivision has traditionally been the point at which the capacity ofwater and wastewater systems is committed to new subdivisions in accordance with Ministry of theEnvironment policies. However, since 2004, an increasing portion of all residential development hasoccurred outside of plans of subdivision. This includes development on previously existing lots ofrecord both within the built up areas and within the greenfield areas. These units are typicallytownhouse or apartment units and are often registered as plans of condominium. This number isexpected to increase, particularly in the City of Waterloo in the short term, as there is little remainingdesignated greenfield area and a large number of applications for site plans and plans ofcondominiums already in process.
May 18, 2010
Page 2 of 12With the adoption of the
Places to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe 
,Municipalities are now required to provide for a minimum of 40% of new residential units (phased inwith full implementation by 2015) within the existing built-up areas. As a result, in future, the Regionwill develop a methodology to take into consideration reserving capacity for infill development. Underthe current capacity allocation procedure, no servicing capacity is explicitly reserved for lands that arenot within a residential plan of subdivision, including lands that have zoning in place that wouldotherwise allow development to proceed without additional planning approvals.However, intrinsic to the per capita flow are a number of contributing factors above and beyond thesimple residential usage. These additional factors include; Inflow and Infiltration (I/I), IndustrialCommercial and Institutional (ICI) flows, and flow from developments that are not currently explicitlytracked (site plans). It is assumed that the ratio of residential population to a) employment (equivalentpopulation), and b) non-planning act approvals such as site plans, will remain consistent in eachservice area from the previous year (2009) to the current year (2010).The available capacity expressed in this report is the capacity available to service all future PlanningAct approvals (subdivisions, condominiums, consents, zoning bylaw amendments and minorvariances) and/or any building permits issued for development outside of residential plans ofsubdivision that complies with existing zoning. The current procedure for the allocation of water andwastewater capacity will be revised in future to include all greenfield development and infilldevelopment Planning Act approvals. This issue will be examined by Regional and Area Municipal staffand is scheduled to be addressed prior to the 2011 WWWMR report.
 Water Services produces the annual Water and Wastewater Monitoring Report with input from theRegion's Planning, Housing and Community Services (PHCS). The purpose of this report is to:1. Document actual water use and wastewater flows;2. Provide a basis for water use and wastewater flow forecasts required in preparing the capitalbudgets and user rates;3. Document water production and wastewater treatment capacities;4. Update Regional Council with respect to remaining uncommitted capacities of water supply andwastewater treatment infrastructure; and5. Provide a basis for engineering staff to provide comment on the water and wastewater aspects ofdevelopment applications.In addition, the 2010 WWWMR report will be one of the inputs used in preparing the 2011 water andwastewater capital budget, longer term water and wastewater capital forecast, and in formulatingresponses to development applications.
Main Changes from the 2009 WWWMR
The main changes from the 2009 WWWMR are as follows:
Year-end 2009, population estimates are based on the Province of Ontario’s Growth Plan for theGreater Golden Horseshoe, Places to Grow (Nov. 2005) which anticipates a population for theRegion of Waterloo of 729,000 in 2031. The population forecast in previous reports which reflecteda forecast of 2016 has been extended to the 2021 time horizon for the purposes of this report.
May 18, 2010
Page 3 of 12
The previous WWWMR calculated an average persons per unit (ppu) per service area based onthe most current census data, and those ppus were used to determine the remaining unitsavailable to be serviced. The average ppu in the Region ranges from 2.55 to 3.15 across thedifferent water and wastewater service areas. The calculation of the average ppu does not accountfor the variability of unit types. The 2010 WWWMR presents commitments in terms of “people”rather than units to account for the variation in unit types. For evaluating servicing capacity for newdevelopment applications, the average ppu for each unit type will be applied to the units in theapplication to calculate the total number of persons in the proposed development.
In an attempt to simplify some of the information in the WWWMR, the summary tables attachedhave been formatted to reflect the year end 2009 conditions. Reference to the potential futurecapacities/commitments have been removed from the tables, but are included in the appendices ofthe 2010 WWWMR.
Similarly, reference to Category 1 and 2 commitments have been removed, and all commitments(draft plans, registered units, building permits issued but not yet occupied) are presented simply as“commitments”.
In 1996, 4,020 m3/d of the Preston WWTP capacity was held in reserve to service development inthe Cambridge Business Park (CBP). Since 1996 that reserve allocation has been reduced toaccount for development in the CBP. As of the end of 2009, the CBP is assumed to be 100% built-out and therefore no reserve allocation is held for the Cambridge Business Park.
At a City of Cambridge Council Meeting on February 8, 2010 a staff report was presented andapproved recommending that wastewater allocation be formally reserved for the BoxwoodEmployment Lands in the Preston Wastewater Service Area as identified in this report. Furtheranalysis is required to accurately estimate the quantity of the reserved allocation. This analysis isongoing and will be incorporated in the available capacity at the Preston WWTP as it becomesavailable and will be updated annually in this report.
Water consumption patterns and wastewater flows are a function of yearly weather fluctuations. In2009, the annual precipitation was generally less than the average precipitation levels.
2010 Water Supply Capacity and Commitments
Firm or system water supply capacities were adequate to meet actual maximum demands in allcommunities supplied by a Regional system in 2009. The 10-year and longer forecasts are anticipatedto adequately accommodate all current development commitments based upon the implementation ofthe Region’s current capital program. Table 1, attached, summarizes the remaining water capacity asof December 31, 2009.The Integrated Urban System (IUS) (Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Elmira and St. Jacobs watersystems) has 52,174 m
 /d of remaining capacity, which is equivalent to 126,525 people.The Baden/New Hamburg water system has 6,610 m
 /d of remaining capacity, which is equivalent to17,660 people. The Baden/New Hamburg Master Plan was initiated in 2008 and is scheduled forcompletion in the fall of 2010.

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