2019 Water & Sewer Upgrade Projects

Recent comprehensive assessments of our water and sewer infrastructure have identified necessary upgrades to both condition and capacity, including replacing our pumphouse on 5th Avenue, its water treatment equipment and the reservoirs.

City of Dawson and Government of Yukon are working together to implement these over the coming years, with funding being provided by Government of Canada, Government of Yukon and the City of Dawson.

Through this page we will provide you with the latest updates and information on when any necessary disruption to services, access or roads will occur. These are being minimized and impacted property owners will also be contacted directly.

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Please note that when we provide scheduling projections these are based upon the best available information at the time of publication. In this way we endeavor to assist residents and businesses in planning but schedules may change, subject to ground conditions, delivery of materials and other unforeseen circumstances

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 Funded by Small Communities Fund:

1. New Pumphouse with Water Treatment Equipment

 Schedule:      Late summer 2018 through to October 2019 (contract awarded to Wildstone)

In order to provide Dawson residents with a sustainable and reliable source of clean drinking water, the current pumphouse – which is nearing the end of its serviceable life – is being replaced. The new facility will supplement chlorine treatment with filtration barriers and ultraviolet disinfection, which will ensure that the pumphouse is in compliance with Government of Yukon’s Environmental Health Services branch regulations and provides the best quality of water possible for the citizens of Dawson.

The Government of Canada will provide $11,250,000 through the Small Communities Fund for the pumphouse project and the Government Yukon will contribute up to $3,750,000.

 Funded by Clean Water Wastewater Fund:

2. Water and Sewer Upgrades – 5th Avenue, 3rd Avenue, and Craig Street

Contract awarded to P.S. Sidhu Trucking:       

a. Craig Street (Fifth Avenue to Ninth Avenue trailhead)
Schedule: Work is close to completion and roads are open.

b. Fifth Avenue (Princess to Harper)
Schedule: Work in-progress, estimated completion mid-October

c. Fifth Avenue (Harper to Craig Street) - expected in 2020, except for the block between Turner and Dugas, which will be in 2019.

d. Third Avenue (Albert to King Street) - expected in 2020

You can expect:

  • Installation of water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer piping buried under the roadway
  • Installation of new service connections from the mains to property lines, and for some public  buildings, from the mains right to the buildings
  • Road closures and traffic re-routing; large and deep excavations; heavy equipment and people working in trenches; gravel hauling; temporary water and sewer service interruptions; temporary alternate accesses; material storage onsite (pipes and manholes and other materials); landscaping and sidewalk restoration at end of job

Sanitary sewers are being replaced for several reasons:

      On 5th Avenue, we are increasing the size (diameter) of the sanitary sewer pipes, which are currently undersized for the existing and future wastewater flows. This increased capacity will accommodate the full flow from the York Street Lift Station force main and relieve venting issues on Sixth Avenue.

      On Craig Street, the existing pipes are aging and the pipes have sagged, which contributes to sewer back-ups and gases venting into homes of residents. Replacing the pipes should improve these issues.

      We are replacing these pipes with larger diameter pipes which will support increased demand upstream.

      On 3rd Avenue, we are replacing the sanitary sewer because inspection reports have indicated severe sagging and deformities in the existing pipe.

      Water mains are being replaced on 5th Avenue between Church and Princess Street with larger diameter pipes because the current pipes are undersized for current and future demand.

We are extending the storm sewer along 5th Avenue from Turner Street to Minto Park to alleviate surface drainage issues in this area

3.    Turner Street Buried Infrastructure Upgrades

Contract awarded to P.S. Sidhu Trucking

Schedule: Work in-progress, estimated completion late-September

We will be replacing water and sewer service connections to Yukon Housing properties.

You can expect:

  • Road closures.
  • Noise and dust between 7am and 7pm.
  • Minimal disruptions in water service, but we will let you know ahead of time.

The project will replace the existing sewer and water utility infrastructure in Dawson City which is at the end of its serviceable life. As the underground utilities are in need of replacement, the roads, ditches and boardwalks will be reconstructed along with the excavation.

4.    Craig Street Hydraulic Tower Replacement

Contract awarded to P.S. Sidhu Trucking

Schedule: Estimated late August to mid-September

We are replacing the aged existing tower at the 9th Avenue trailhead, which is essentially an above-ground insulated manhole. It will be demolished and replaced with two underground structures very similar to manholes. We will also need to rebuild some of the connecting sanitary sewer pipes down to 8th Avenue.

Expect to see:

  •  Excavations, construction, backfilling, heavy equipment.
  •  Temporary by-pass pumping
  • Vehicle and pedestrian access will be maintained but reduced and temporarily altered
  • Some of the trees or bushes on the south side of Craig Street toward the powerline will need to be cleared

The design of the new drop structures includes equipment that is intended to reduce unpleasant odours which exist in the neighbourhood. Although no system can fully eliminate odourous sewer gases, we expect this work to improve some of the odour issues

Other Ongoing Maintenance

There may be ongoing construction work around town to complete projects and to maintain infrastructure around town. If this maintenance affects traffic flow or businesses, we will give as much notice as possible.

See Maps:
Water & Sewer Upgrades

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1.   Fifth Avenue Sanitary Sewer Upgrades (King to Princess)

Schedule:   August 2018 to mid-September 2018 (contract awarded to Norcope)

Approximately 270 metres of sewer main pipe will be replaced along Fifth Avenue, from King Street to Princess Street. Water and sewer services to property line will be replaces and a number of new water and sewer manholes will be installed. In addition to the rebuilding of the road, road signs and landscaping will also be replaced.