This seems a rather embarrassing realization for city council:
Costly new drainage requirements for splash pads in Ottawa have nothing to do with the provincial environmental restrictions, according to the Ministry of the Environment.
How costly, you ask?
“This new requirement has taken the cost of these popular park amenities from $100,000 to over $400,000 and is denying communities a fun, safe means of outdoor activity for children,” states Hubley’s inquiry, which also asks why water used by street-cleaning vehicles can enter storm sewers but splash pad water can’t.
Surely, quadrupling the expense was necessary, no?
Since then, Hubley said he’s heard informally that the splash pad drainage issue has more to do with regulating how fast water ends up in treatment systems and ultimately the river. He said there are cheaper filtering options out there.