Inlet Control Devices


Inlet Control Devices

The above pictures are of Councillor Allan Hubley and Heidi Cousineau, Infrastructure services, holding one of the new inlet control devices. These pictures show how the ICD restricts the water flow as compared to the open pipe.

The various ICDs the City of Ottawa has at our disposal will protect the homes in our community by better managing the flow of storm water.

Since the ICDs that we are installing will keep water on the surface for a longer period of time, the ponding /puddles should last for about an hour or two after the end of the rainfall. If you notice water ponding beyond a couple of hours then please call 311. However, residents need to know that one of the impacts of keeping storm water out of the sewer means there will be more water on the streets. We can all agree that water is better on the streets than coming up your basement stairs so please just use caution when driving in heavy rains.

By showing these pictures and explaining their significance the message I want to share with residents is that work is underway to mitigate the potential of future flooding in permanent fashion. I have the full support of the Mayor and staff to accelerate the work that needs to be done based on the solutions identified.

To this end we expect to have all ICDs and the new lids installed by June 2011. Other flood mitigation projects for Glen Cairn and Katimavik will be announced once the Environmental Assessment clears the provincial review process which is expected very soon.

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The above picture is one of the new sanitary sewer lids being installed in our community. Note that this model has no holes for water to move through and into the sewer system.

The above picture is one of the older sanitary sewer lids that has been modified to replace the catch basin lids (picture 765) with all the holes. Also strategically installed in certain areas and working in conjunction with the ICDs it is easy to understand how these measures will add another layer of protection against the system overload previously experienced.

The above picture shows a new inlet control device or ICD installed on one of the pipes in a catch basin. The ICDs being strategically placed throughout Glen Cairn will restrict the flow of water into the sewer system which will in turn reduce the pressure on the system and mitigate the risk of flooding.

The above picture is a storm sewer catch basin on a street in Glen Cairn that is not yet upgraded. Note the pipe on the side wall which is where the water moves through to the underground sewer system.

The above picture is a storm sewer catch basin lid or grate on a street in Glen Cairn that is not yet upgraded. Note the many openings in the grate which is where the water moves through and gets into the catch basin leading to the underground sewer system. This style of lid was one of the identified causes for the flooding of July 24, 2009. With the major downpour we experienced in a very short period of time, storm water overloaded the system.

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Mayor and Councillor Hubley view Flood Mitigation Measures

Mayor Watson toured the Glen Cairn area on Saturday with Councillor Hubley to view first hand the start of the flood mitigation measures. Our Mayor was shown the new grates being installed along with the Inlet Control Devices (ICD’s) that will help reduce the risk of flooding. Mayor Watson and Councillor Hubley also visited several residents that were flooded in 2009 including Glen Cairn Community Association President Rob Nino and discussed their personal experiences.

Councillor Hubley thanked Mayor Watson for his support in getting $32 million into this year’s budget so that work could be accelerated and now family homes will be better protected.

Hubley said, “It is always difficult to get this kind of money into any budget and the Mayor had numerous other projects all demanding funds so to get all the money we needed in this year’s budget tells me Mayor Watson understands our community need to mitigate flooding risks and he delivered! Now we are getting the various projects started as quickly as possible.”