Public Water Taps

Overview

The Town of Georgina closed three of its four public water taps the week of Oct. 18, 2021. The taps were closed due to concerns related to potential backflow and contamination from commercial users who are not permitted to use the taps. Concerns have been reported by both residents and staff. The taps are unmetered and uncontrolled, and there is the potential for contamination of the system through backflow of non-potable water which is a public safety concern. A more permanent solution to upgrade and replace the public taps is being developed.

Black River and Park Road tap

One public tap, located at Black River and Park Road, has been left open for residential use.
It has been retrofitted with appropriate backflow prevention to protect the water system.

This location is intended for small volume users and is not outfitted for large volume dispensing. This tap location is enclosed and a key is no longer required to access. Security cameras have been installed.

Keys

Keys are no longer required for the public water tap.

Clients who previously left a deposit and who wish to return their key can do so with Service Georgina at the Civic Centre from 830am to 430 pm, Monday to Friday.

For more information, contact Service Georgina at 905-476-4301 ext. 3001

Large volumes of water

Large volumes of water may be purchased from the Town and the supply is via the Bulk Water station for any amounts more than 100 litres.

Pre-paid cards are required of $100 to fill at the Bulk Water Station located at the Environmental Services Yard. These prepaid cards can be purchased over the phone or in person through Service Georgina at 905-476-4301 ext. 3001 and can be picked up at the Civic Centre.

The cost of water at the Bulk Filling station is as per the existing Water Rates By-law and is $5.70 per cubic meter.

Documents

Documentation

Briefing note - Nov. 17, 2021

Briefing note - Oct. 6, 2021

Briefing note - Sept. 22, 2021

Read the Media Release.

Frequently asked questions

Why is the Town closing the public water taps?

The public water taps are being closed due to concerns related to potential backflow and contamination. The taps are unmetered and uncontrolled. There is the potential for contamination of the system through backflow of non-potable water which is a public safety concern that should be addressed.

When will the public water taps be closed?

The three water taps to be closed were closed the week of Oct. 18.

Where are these public water taps located?

The Town currently owns and maintains four public water taps to supply treated municipal water to the public. The four taps can be found in the following locations:

  1. Boyers Road (west of Pine Post Road)
  2. Kennedy Road (North of Metro Road)
  3. High Street (Sutton Cenotaph Park)
  4. Black River Road (Black River Road at Park Road)

Will one tap be left open?

Yes, the tap at Black River and Park Road will be left open.

This tap location is enclosed and a key is required to access. 

How do I gain access to the Black River tap?

Information on accessing this tap will be posted prior to Oct. 18.

This tap location is enclosed and a key is no longer required to access. Security cameras have been installed.

Clients who previously left a deposit and who wish to return their key can do so with Service Georgina at the Civic Centre from 830am to 430 pm, Monday to Friday.

For more information, contact Service Georgina at 905-476-4301 ext. 3001

Why can’t all the taps be retrofitted for public use?

The Town is looking at options for the public water taps and will report back to Council in November 2021.

Contact Us

26557 Civic Centre Rd,
Keswick, ON  L4P 3G1

T: 905-476-4301 / 705-437-2210
F: 905-476-8100
info@georgina.ca

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.