Beginning March 6, 2017 the City of Toronto will be conducting a condition assessment and inspection of the sewer system on Givins Street, from Rebecca Street to Queen Street West on the dates specified above. This project, which is part of the Council-approved 2016 Capital Works Program, will help improve local sewer collection system.

The inspection of the sewer system will involve sending a closed circuit TV (CCTV) camera into the sewer pipes to take images of different pipe segments. In order to CCTV inspect the sewers, it is necessary to first flush the sewers with high pressure water and remove debris using vacuum trucks. For each segment of sewer, the work should take up to 10 hours depending on the length of the sewer pipe being inspected.

What to Expect During Inspection

During inspection work hours, there will be some temporary inconveniences to the local community. You may experience noise caused by the flushing and the removal of debris from the sewer pipes by vacuum trucks. Once the flushing and clearance of the sewers is complete, the CCTV inspection work is not expected to cause any noise impacts. The City will make efforts to reduce the impacts.

Work Hours: Inspections will take place from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday, the inspection work will not take place during statutory or other major holiday
observances. For certain segments of sewer pipe, the inspection work cannot take place during the day due to conflicts with the traffic and TTC services (e.g. streetcar routes) and other issues. These segments of sewer will be rescheduled and additional notice will be provided for overnight work, if required.

Odour during Inspection: Please be aware that you may experience odours from flushing activities of the sewer on your street. These odours are of short duration in nature, and will diminish as the flushing is completed. If you smell odours during or after the work, open all windows (where possible) and please call the Field Ambassador or City of Toronto representative so they may assist you with the problem.

The odours reaching your home may be the result of a dry or broken plumbing wastewater trap in the home. The purpose of the wastewater plumbing trap is to maintain a water barrier in the pipes to prevent all sewer odours from entering the home. In rarely used drains (such as floor drains), the water in the trap can evaporate over time resulting in no water barrier to prevent the odours from entering the home. A suggestion may be to pour water (about a gallon) down all floor drains or rarely used drains (sinks, tubs, showers etc) to ensure that a water barrier is maintained in the trap. If this does not work, then it is very likely that you have a trap that requires repair.

Road and Sidewalk Access: In order to complete the work in a safe manner, there will be road and sidewalk restrictions within the inspection work area.

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. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Accommodation: Residents that require accommodation must contact the City Inspector to arrange for access during the inspection period.

Traffic Management: Efforts have been made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of workers, road users and residents. This includes adding Local Access signs, revising traffic signal times and informing the public of alternate routes to use through twitter.

Parking: Parking in the active work zone is not permitted due to space requirements for inspection equipment and materials. If your parked vehicle affects the construction work, it will be re-located with no charge to the owner. Please contact parking control for the location of your vehicle at 416-808-2222.

You may park outside of the inspection work zone. City Parking Officers will be advised not to issue tickets for “Parking in Excess of 3 Hours” on affected streets. Tickets will be issued for all other violations, such as parking too close to the corner or fire hydrants and other restricted area.

Garbage & 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.

More information

If you have questions about the upcoming work, please contact us and quote: 16TW-OS-21CWD

Project Manager: Bo Pajic
Field Ambassador: (647) 821-9813,
TTY Hearing Impaired Service: (416) 338-0889 (Daily 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, closed holidays)

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