Rectory Rd - Watermain Cleaning & Water Shut Off

City of Toronto: construction expected May 27 - May 29


Watermain Cleaning and Relining on Rectory Road Overnight Work and Water Shut-off Contract: [18TW-CTS-02CWD] NIGHT-TIME WORK Start Date: May 27, 2020 at 7 p.m.

End Date: May 29, 2020 at 7 a.m.

Timeline is subject to change. The City of Toronto started cleaning and structurally relining the watermain in your area in the month of April.

On Wednesday, May 27, overnight work will begin in the area. This overnight work is required to complete the project on schedule and minimize disruption. There will be a water shut-off associated with this work and the contractor will provide notice at least 24-hours in advance for all planned shut-offs. Please see the Water Service Disruptions section on page 2 of this notice for more information.

This project is part of the Council-approved Capital Works Program to renew our aging infrastructure, improve water distribution and reduce the risk of watermain breaks.

COVID-19 and Construction Work in Toronto The Province of Ontario has enacted a declaration of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public. A list of essential workplaces in Ontario was announced on March 23. As indicated on the list, City-led infrastructure construction has been deemed essential and this project will proceed. This construction is essential to ensure the City's infrastructure remain safe, in a state of good repair and able to meet Toronto’s needs. For more information on the City's response to COVD-19, please visit

WORK DETAILS The City’s contractor will move equipment on-site and prepare the work area before construction begins. Construction crews will then:

  • Excavate pits in the road to access the watermain

  • Install a temporary water supply system and attach your building to the supply

  • Clean and structurally reline the existing watermain

  • Replace any City-owned water service pipes that do not meet City standards (from the watermain to the private property line)

  • Remove the temporary water supply and restore all work areas with asphalt, concrete and/or grass


  • You may experience dust, noise and other inconveniences. The City will make efforts to reduce the impacts. We appreciate your patience.

  • The City will not be responsible for damage to any privately-owned items on City property.

Work Hours: Work will take place as follows:

  • 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 to 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2020

  • 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 to 7 a.m. on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Customers in Residential properties: Contractors will not need access to your home, unless an unplanned circumstance arises, which is extremely rare. If this occurs, the contractors must adhere to the Province of Ontario guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19. For more information on these guidelines, please visit: Customers in Industrial, Commercial, Institutional and Multi-Residential Buildings: There will be short-term water service disruptions for connection and disconnection of the temporary water supply. In all cases, the City’s contractor will discuss this matter with the property manager and/or superintendent in advance abiding by the above-noted guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The temporary water disruption will be coordinated at a time that best suits the needs of the property (for example, overnight in order to minimize impacts) and a notice will be provided 24 hours in advance. Water Service Disruptions: From time-to-time, the water supply to your property will be shut-off to complete construction; the contractor will provide notice at least 24-hours in advance for all planned shut-offs. Throughout the work, it is recommended that you temporarily disconnect any water treatment systems (i.e. softeners or filters), water-cooled air conditioners or similar plumbing fixtures. Automatic lawn sprinkler systems may also be affected, therefore, you may need to water manually. In the event you did not receive advance notice, the City may have needed to use an emergency water shut off to complete work. Substandard Water Service Replacement: If you would like to replace your part of the water service pipe, you are encouraged to obtain several quotes before selecting a contractor. PLEASE NOTE: The City is not able to get involved in any contract for work done on private property. Property owners are responsible for ensuring contractors do not interfere with the work being done on City property.

Road and Sidewalk Access: In order to complete the work in a safe manner, there will be road and sidewalk restrictions within the work zone. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Driveway Access: The contractor will notify you of any temporary restrictions to your driveway access. If your property has two entrances, one entrance will be kept open at all times. Traffic Management: Efforts have been made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of workers, road users and residents. Road users should expect delays and increased traffic on nearby main and side streets. Parking: Parking in the active work zone is not permitted as space is needed for construction equipment and materials. This project will affect on-street parking. If your parked vehicle affects construction work, it will be relocated with no charge to the owner. Please call 416-808-2222 for its location.

Parking Violation Notice: In an effort to reduce ticketing due to construction, the City encourages communities with construction to be patient as neighbours may need to temporarily relocate vehicles. If enforcement is called, enforcement must issue a yellow parking violation notice (ticket). If you receive a yellow notice during this construction work, do the following within 15 days of the notice date:

  • Dispute the parking violation notice online or in person following the process listed on the reverse side of the parking violation notice.

  • You may use this construction notice as part of the explanation of why the violation should be cancelled. Please note:

  • The Project Manager/Field Ambassador does not have the authority to cancel any parking tickets.

  • Violation notices cannot be cancelled if vehicles are parked in illegal parking spots (i.e. in front of a fire hydrant or in no parking zones). Accessible Accommodation: Residents who require accommodation (level entry, longer notice, etc.) must contact the Field Ambassador to arrange for access during the construction period.

Garbage and Recycling: Please follow your normal routine. If required, the contractor will move bins to an appropriate location and return them. Please ensure that you label your bins with your address. Restoration: The construction work area will be restored with sod and/or asphalt, where required. Interlocking bricks, flagstone on a granular base, or other similar features that are removed from public and private property during construction will be replaced. Lawn seeding and/or laying of sod will be done as needed during ideal growing seasons only - in the spring (April to June) and fall (September to October). Permanent restoration of the curb and sidewalk will take place within 18 to 24 months. NEED MORE INFORMATION?

If you have questions about the upcoming work, please contact us and quote 18TW-CTS-02CWD. Field Ambassador: 647-923-3430, (7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday – Friday, closed weekends)

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Thank you for your patience. Building a great city takes time. Better infrastructure for all of us is worth the wait. Lead in Drinking Water

This fact sheet, as explained in the Special Notice attached, is to advise you that the City of Toronto will be undertaking construction work close to your home in the near future.

The construction could involve work on your road, watermain or sewer. It may also involve replacing the City-owned part of your water service pipe, which may contain lead. Lead can affect how the brain and nervous system grows, so this factsheet is very important to read if someone in your house is pregnant, if there are children under 6 years old, or if there is an infant drinking formula made from tap water. Water Pipe Replacement The underground pipe that brings water to your water meter (called the service pipe) is owned by you and by the City. The part that the City owns goes from the municipal watermain to your property line. The part that you own goes from your property line to your water meter. During construction, if the City finds that the water pipe is made of lead, it will replace the City-owned part. Toronto Public Health strongly recommends you replace your part of the water pipe if it contains lead. With only a partial lead pipe replacement, there may be a temporary increase of lead in your drinking water. The best way to reduce lead is to replace both the City-owned and private side of a lead water pipe. Find out how by reading the back of this Fact Sheet. Lead, Drinking Water and Your Health

  • If you live in a property (storefront, office building or house) built before the mid-1950s and the water service pipe has never been replaced, it is probably made of lead. If it is, then lead may be getting into your drinking water. Apartment and other buildings with more than six units do not have lead pipes.

  • Lead is most harmful to the growing brain and nervous system of a fetus, infant or child under 6 years old. If a young child has too much lead in their body, it can lead to a shortened attention span, and intellectual and behavioural problems.

  • If you have a baby at home and are breastfeeding, continue to breastfeed your baby. The amount of lead in breast milk is much lower than in tap water and is healthy for your baby to drink. If you are feeding your baby formula, use cold filtered tap water, boil it and then let it cool. Use within 30 minutes. Until you have a filter, consider using bottled water for making baby formula, or ready-to-feed formula.

How to prepare for lead water pipe replacement Once construction begins, the contractor will be able to see the underground water pipe and will know for sure if the City-owned portion is made of lead and needs to be replaced. A City staff person or City-hired contractor will tell you in person or leave a note in your mailbox if they are replacing the service to your property. In the meantime, you can take steps to prepare for the possible replacement.

Step 1: Find out if your part of the water pipe is made of lead.

  • If your house was built before the mid-1950s, then the water service pipe is probably made of lead, unless it was replaced at another time. You can find out how old your house is by asking the landlord or checking the ownership papers.

  • If possible, look at the pipe that goes into your water meter. If it is grey, scratches easily and does not sound hollow when you tap it, it may be made of lead. To know for sure, ask a plumber or home inspector.

Step 2: Find a contractor to replace your part of the water pipe.

  • Get at least three quotes from a licensed plumber to get the best price. Replacing your part of the water pipe could cost approximately $3,000 but will be dependent on the characteristics of your home.

  • Your contractor must replace your part of the water pipe either before or after the City-hired contractor replaces the City-owned part. Private contractors cannot work at the site at the same time as the City-hired contractor. Be sure that your contractor understands this and can tell you the best way for coordinating the work to save you the most money.

Step 3: Learn more about protecting your health after a lead water pipe is replaced

• After a lead water pipe is replaced, there may be a temporary increase of lead in your drinking water. The City will provide you with tips and a free water filter to help reduce the health impact from any temporary lead increase.

To learn more about lead pipe replacement and other ways that the City of Toronto is working to reduce lead in drinking water, visit or call 311.


©2019 by Councillor Frances Nunziata.