The City of St. John’s has decided to spend most of its surplus on fixing parts of its century-old water main system.
Council voted unanimously tonight to allocate $8 million of its $10 million budget surplus to replace the pipes. The other $2 million had already been set aside for street repair.
The sections with the highest priority will be along Portugal Cove Road from Newfoundland Drive to New Cove Road and along Mayor Avenue.
The Portugal Cove Road area had two major pipe breaks this spring. On both occasions sections of road were destroyed and multiple homes were flooded.
Design work will begin immediately for the project and construction is set to start sometime in 2013.
The city has said in previous statements that it needs about $25 million to completely replace all the problematic sections of water pipes in the city.
Councillors stated during tonight’s meeting that while this money won’t fix all the pipes that need repairs, it will go a long way to improve the situation.