Over the course of this summer, we are completing a pilot project to determine the conductivity of the soil in various neighbourhoods. Soil chemistry is a factor in determining the corrosion rate of metal underground pipes.
Our summer student will test the soil in City Central areas that have cast iron water mains and steel gas mains. Results will help predict the effects of soil on the condition of this infrastructure and assist with responsible infrastructure management.
Soil tests can be influenced by factors such as rain, weather, ambient temperature and the proximity of other underground infrastructure.
Information from the pilot will be used (in conjunction with other factors such as the age, material and condition of the pipes) to help inform preventative maintenance and capital replacement programs for water mains and gas mains.
If you have any questions, contact customer service, Monday to Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM.