• John Jantak

Early January water pipe construction set for Hudson Acres, Tree Farms and Ritchie


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Vaudreuil-Dorion’s iconic but nondescript white water tower which stands behind a row of two-storey commercial buildings near Harwood Boulevard at Place Dumont, will undergo a major transformation next year as part of the city’s plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the merger of the municipalities of Dorion and Vaudreuil.

Full-size mural planned for Place Dumont water tower near Harwood

The bottled water saga that residents of Hudson Acres, Tree Farms and Ritchie have endured for the past four years is finally coming to an end. The construction of a new pipe system to provide potable water has been officially signed off by the provincial environment ministry.

The unexpected announcement was made by District Four Councillor Céline Chartier at the Monday evening council meeting on December 3. She read aloud an item that was added at the last minute to the agenda stating the engineering firm EXP would begin work on building the new potable water pipe system in early January, 2019.

Public info meeting

Complete details of the work that will be done will be presented to affected residents during a public information meeting that will be held by the city at the Centre Multisports on Thursday, December 20, said Chartier.

“I’m really glad. We’ve been waiting a long time to get this done,” Chartier told The Journal after the meeting. The work will take about three months to complete and the water will come directly from the city’s water filtration plant.

Good drinking water

The project will involve connecting a pipe from Como to the reservoir in Hudson Acres. “This should alleviate future problems for Hudson Acres, Tree Farms and Ritchie because the water is treated at our filtration plant so they will have the same water as everyone else has in the city,” said Chartier.

Mayor Guy Pilon is also glad the project is finally going ahead. “I’m relieved. We’ve been working on this for the last four years or so. It could have been done more than one year ago, but it was delayed. It was a big saga and we’re glad it’s over now,” said Pilon.

“We’re looking forward and are very happy the work will be finally done. If it’s possible, we’ll move ahead with the work as fast as we can. These people will have good drinking water by spring or summertime at the latest,” Pilon added.

Water tower mural

Vaudreuil-Dorion’s iconic but nondescript white water tower which stands behind a row of two-storey commercial buildings near Harwood Boulevard at Place Dumont will undergo a major transformation next year as part of the city’s plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the merger of the once separate municipalities of Dorion and Vaudreuil.

Mayor Pilon said the city has already given a contract to Kolab (aka ASHOP Productions), a specialized firm to design a concept for full-length mural and digital artwork that reflects the historic and current heritage that binds both municipalities to be integrated onto the tower.

Harwood’s signature

“It will become our signature for this section of our city,” said Pilon. “We’ve seen pictures of what Kolab did elsewhere. They’ve painted farm silos in Ontario. They do amazing work.”

Members from Kolab already met with residents during a public information session on November 20 to get information about which attributes should be included as part of the mural and digital artwork display. This project will be carried out as part of an agreement with Quebec’s Ministère de la Culture et des Communications.

The water tower serves as a reservoir for Dorion’s aqueduct network, which is supplied by the drinking water wells located within Saint-Lazare. The tower has been a part of the sector’s landscape since the early 1950s. For more information regarding the astounding murals created by Kolab (ASHOP), visit their website at www.ashop.ca/.

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