La Nation and Clarence-Rockland approve agreement for Limoges water supply

A new water transmission main between Clarence-Rockland and La Nation is one step closer to being built.

On March 4, La Nation council approved authorizing the mayor and municipal clerk to sign the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the City of Clarence-Rockland to construct a pipeline to supply water to Limoges from Cheney.

Clarence-Rockland council also gave its consent at the March 4 committee of the whole meeting.

A 2013 water study indicated that an increased water supply was needed due to anticipated growth in Limoges.  In 2017, La Nation and Clarence-Rockland determined water for the village could be supplied from the Rockland water system and the process of developing the MOU began.

Any major infrastructure project comes at a price, though.

According to a report on the project, La Nation will have to invest $35.5 million over the next 20 years to develop and finance the system.  In comparison, it would cost $30 million over 20 years to drill additional wells for the existing system in Limoges, but the water quality in the area is not considered suitable.  There would also be higher operations costs because the water would need extra treatment.

For the cost of using Clarence-Rockland’s existing pipelines, La Nation will pay $2.6 million to the city once the new Cheney-Limoges section is operating.

When service begins to Limoges, La Nation will also pay Clarence-Rockland $1.28 per cubic metre of water and has agreed to purchase a minimum of 350 cubic metres per day.  The bulk rate will be reviewed yearly by a joint management committee.

Ratepayers will of course pay whatever rates the municipality sets for water use each year.  For property owners in La Nation connected to the existing water system in Limoges, and to all other water systems in the municipality in 2019, the rate is $74.68 quarterly and $1.69 for the first 191 cubic metres.  The rate is $1.79 per cubic metre for ratepayers who use more than 191 cubic metres.

Properties in the part of Limoges within Russell Township that use La Nation’s water system are subject to the same rates but with an additional 5 per cent administration fee.

The next steps in the water transmission main project for Limoges are environmental assessment, design and construction, which are expected to be completed during late 2019 and into 2020.

At the council meeting in La Nation, Mayor François St-Amour asked where the flow meter will be located along the pipeline.

Director of Water and Wastewater Doug Renaud said there will likely be two flow meters in order to best measure La Nation’s consumption and that one each would probably be in Cheney and Limoges.

Renaud also explained there would be an area where the pressure is boosted around Cambridge Forest Estates to ensure proper delivery.  He also said fire hydrants will be strategically placed along the route of the transmission main.

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James Morgan is a freelance contributor. He has worked for several print and broadcast media outlets. James loves the history, natural beauty, and people of eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

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