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2017-03-03_mr_Water Supply Survey_FINALMEDIA RELEASE VILLAGE OF CHESTER –The Municipality of Chester is working with the Village of Chester Commission to determine if having a central water system in Chester is needed by enough properties to warrant installation. After much discussion around the Council table over the years amongst themselves and the public,Council for the Municipality resolved to invest in a “Needs Assessment and Options Analysis”, which will be carried out,in part,by CBCL Ltd.The Commission agreed to match the cost of the analysis up to $30,000.Anything over the combined $60,000 will be the Municipality’s responsibility. After the study is complete, it should determine once and for all ,1)if the need for a central water system exists and the extent of that need, 2) if the majority of residents and business in the Village want a system, and 3)the options available to address any need identified, or possible recommendations other than a central water system. The analysis begins with a survey that will be mailed to every property owner within the Village boundary at the end of March.Once released, the survey will be available online at www.chester.ca/centralwater and in paper form. The Municipality is looking for as many returned surveys as possible to get a clear picture of the need and desire for a central water system. Surveys can be returned until April 30, 2017 through mail,in person, email, fax, telephone or online.Only those who own property within the Village boundary are eligible to complete the survey. Out of the surveys received, CBCL Ltd. will contact a minimum of 80 property owners to conduct water sampling tests. Results are completely confidential. Once results of both the survey and water testing are complete,a final report will indicate if a central water system is suitable for the Village and identify locations.Because of the extent of work taken in the study, the estimated cost of a system should reflect truer amounts than previous studies have provided. For further information on this project, please contact the Municipality of the District of Chester at 902-275-1312 or visit our website at www.chester.ca. DATE:March 30, 2017 SUBJECT:Needs Analysis for Chester Water Supply STATUS:PUBLIC 2 Media Release CONTACT INFORMATION Matthew Davidson, P.Eng. Director of Public Works & Engineering Municipality of the District of Chester (902) 275-1312 office (902) 277-0550 cell mdavidson@chester.ca Tammy Wilson, CAO Municipality of the District of Chester (902) 275-3555 ext. 1101 office (902) 275-7544 cell twilson@chester.ca