2013 State of Infrastructure Report finds York Region Environmental Services assets in good condition

Bi-annual report shows positive overall trend

NEWMARKET –York Region residents and businesses are supported by $3.7 billion worth of Environmental Services infrastructure, ensuring safe and well maintained water and wastewater services, solid waste processing and Regional forests.

 

The Environmental Services 2013 State of Infrastructure Report received by Regional Council today provides an overview of infrastructure for all areas within Environmental Services, with grading based on four criteria that include reliability, capacity, soundness and financial.

 

“Maintaining our infrastructure assets and reporting on their condition is essential to delivering services in a safe, reliable and efficient manner,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “Residential and business growth in our communities is dependent on the Region’s ability to support it.”

 

Overall, all areas report good standings while some, due to upgrades and new services, report significant improvement over previous reports. Forestry assets are now included in this report as the Forestry and Natural Heritage branch moved to Environmental Services in 2012.

 

Strengths identified in the Environmental Services 2013 State of Infrastructure Report include:

 

Water and Wastewater: The Region’s ability to maintain safe and reliable operations, meeting both regulatory and internal standards with uninterrupted service; York Region continues to achieve exceptional performance in drinking water quality

Waste Management: The Region’s ability to provide waste management services with adequate capacity for current and future demand

Forestry: The Region’s Greening Strategy protects, restores and creates green infrastructure and achievements through initiatives to properly manage and expand Regional forests

 

“York Region’s Environmental Services infrastructure supports the needs of more than 1.1 million residents and 42,000 businesses,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of Environmental Services. “Our communities are thriving and we are well-placed to ensure infrastructure is in place to address current and future needs.”

 

For information on York Region’s Environmental Services Department, please visit www.york.ca/environment