The Public Works Department consists of the divisions of Roads & Drainage, Water and Wastewater.
Winter Road Conditions and Restrictions
Winter Road Conditions
You can also contact us at 519-338-2511 during working hours. Messages left are checked daily, Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays.
Current Road Conditions
1/10/2020 Roads Bare and wet with light drifting spots through out, Sidewalk and plow units all called to service.
1/8/2020 Roads and sidewalks snow covered. All units called out to service.
12/11/2019 All units called to sand/salt
12/10/2019 Roads bare and wet. Sidewalks are in good condition. No units called to service. Secondary patrol 7:10am-8:30am 8:10 am Units called out to sand/salt township roads. Ice spots.
12/09/2019 Roads bare and wet. Sidewalks are in good condition. No units called to serve.
12/04/2019 Roads Center bare and wet. Air temp -1 Road Temp -1 Sidewalks snow covered. All units called out to service.
For Information on Road Conditions and Weather Forecasts:
- County of Wellington Plowing Map
- County of Wellington Roads
- Environment Canada - Radar
- Local Radio - CKNX
- Provincial Roads - 511
- The Weather Network - Forecast
- The Weather Network - Roads
Snow plow operations are governed by the Town's Snow Removal Policy. It is Town practice to have all municipal roads plowed at least once every 24 hours if conditions warrant. Lengthy service delays can occur in freezing rain conditions.
The Town is broken into standard plow routes, so all roads in the Town can be cleared in about twelve hours if all plows are in operation. The number of plows on duty depends on staff and equipment availability and road conditions. If less plows are available, the standard routes are adjusted accordingly.
Depending upon weather conditions, plowing operations begin at 4:00 am. Usually, all routes are completed prior to 10am. Weather depending, a second plow pass may be completed in the afternoon, limited to specified roads only. This second pass may cover all roads under exceptional conditions.
Town of Minto is now online with Municipal511
To view Road Closures and Construction Areas https://www.municipal511.ca/
Construction of Henry Street, Palmerston
This notice is to advise you that the Town of Minto will be proceeding with the construction of Henry Street in Palmerston. Construction will be commencing December 9, 2019 and will continue through as weather permits.
Tree and Shrub Removal in Harriston
In Harriston work is getting underway to remove trees from the banks and floodplain of the Maitland River. This work will be done downstream of the Authur St. bridge.
The purpose of the tree removal is to reduce the impact of debris jamming around trees during high river flows. The roots of the trees will be left in place and efforts will be made to minimize disturbance to ensure the banks remain stable.
For More Information Maitland Valley Conservation Authority
Road safety: Pedestrian Crossovers
Roads, Sidewalks & Drains
Roads & Drainage
The Roads and Drainage Division takes care of road, sidewalk, curb and storm drainage maintenance and installation including winter snow removal, rural road grading, municipal drains, ditching, cemetery maintenance and other related activities. There are over 230 km of hard top roads, 53 km of gravel roads, 43 km of sidewalks and 42 culverts and bridges in Minto. There are 118 municipal drains under the Ontario Drainage Act, and over 30 named drains. The TLC section takes care of the flowers and landscaped plantings in downtown streetscapes, community gardens, and other Town facilities in cooperation with local Horticultural Societies.
Each year Public Works also supports the Town’s service contract on over 800 LED street lights within the Town, provides comments on dozens of planning applications and development proposals processed by the Building Department, and responds to thousands of service locates through Ontario One Call.
Water & Sewer Services
The Water Division is responsible for the four water systems in Minto located in Clifford, Harriston, Minto Pines and Palmerston. The four systems service over 2,300 customers with about 15.5% of these customers in Clifford, 36% in Harriston, 47% in Palmerston and 1.45% in Minto Pines. There are 11 drilled wells, eight well houses, 225 plus fire hydrants, three water towers and several kilometres of watermain within the four systems. The Water Division must ensure all systems operate according to Ministry of Environment and Climate Change requirements and other applicable legislation including the Clean Water Act. The entire water system is on electronic metres which read nearly 700,000 m3 of water consumption each year, down 25% since meters were installed in 2015.
The Wastewater Division maintains three wastewater treatment facilities in Clifford, Harriston, and Palmerston. The Harriston Lagoon Treatment Lagoon System is designed for about 2,400 cubic metres per day with reserve capacity of about 700 cubic metres per day. The system serves about 2,010 people or 760 households. The Clifford Lagoon System design capacity is 500 cubic metres per day with reserve capacity of about 170 cubic metres per day. It serves about 760 people. The Palmerston Waste Water Treatment Facility serves about 2,720 people with design capacity just over 2,010 cubic metres per day. There is reserve capacity is near 585 cubic metres per day. The Division also ensures several kilometres of wastewater mains, multiple lift stations, and hundreds of manholes within the system are maintained .
Water and Sewer Billing
Inquiries can be directed to:
How you can conserve water at home:
- Run the dishwasher only when full (saves 2 - 4.5 gallons per load)
- Turn off water when rinsing dishes (saves 2.5 gallons per minute)
- Turn off water when brushing teeth (saves 2 gallons per minute)
- Shorten showers (saves 2.5 gallons per minute)
- Fill the bathtub half full while bathing (saves 15-25 gallons per bath)
- Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket (saves 1.6 gallons per flush)
- Wash only full loads of clothes (saves 15-50 gallons per load)
- Fix leaky toilets (Saves 30-50 gallons per day per toilet)
- Fix leaky faucets (saves 15-20 gallons per day per leak)
- Install aerators with flow restrictors on kitchen and bathroom faucets (saves 4.7 gallons per day)
- Replace older, high volume flushing toilets (saves 2.3 -3.8 gallons per flush)
Municipal Drinking Water Licensing
Water Quality Reports
Drinking Water Quality is very important to the Town of Minto. To date the Ministry of Environment inspections of our water systems have given us exemplary results. Annual Drinking Water system reports are available below. Mandatory lead testing has been completed. The lab tests indicate a very low presence.
Drinking Water Quality Management Standard Operational Plan - available at the Administration Office
2018 Water Reports
Clifford Drinking Water System
Harriston Drinking Water System
Palmerston Drinking Water System
Minto Pines Subdivision Drinking Water System