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Smart Card Operations Begin at Water Fill Stations

January 29, 2008 – Thunder Bay's residential Water Fill Stations have been modernized and beginning Friday, Feb. 1 will require the use of Smart Cards to draw water.

The two residential bulk water fill stations, located on Valley Street at Hutton Park Drive and on Hwy 61 at Mount Forest Boulevard, will switch over to a prepaid 'Smart Card' user-pay system.  Smart Cards for the residential water fill stations can be purchased at the Cashier's Office in City Hall, 500 E. Donald Street or at any of the following locations:

AJ's Trading Post, 3677 Hwy 61
Cathy's Discount, 238 Red River Road
Leppanen's Store, 3130 Dawson Road
Municipality of Shuniah Office, 420 Leslie Avenue
Oliver Road Can-Op, 1419 Oliver Road
Oliver Paipoonge Municipal Office, 4569 Oliver Road
South Neebing Variety, 2060 Hwy 61.

The Central Avenue Water Fill Station, restricted for use by commercial bulk water haulers, has been operating since July on the Smart Card System however; on Feb. 1 customers using the Central Avenue Station will require a pre-loaded Smart Card. 

"The cost to fill a five gallon container works out to about four cents, so a Smart Card loaded with $20 will last a long time before it needs to be reloaded", said Kerri Marshall, Manager - Environment Division.  "There will be a staff member on site at both residential water fill stations this Friday from 2 - 6 pm and again on Friday, Feb. 8 from 2 - 6 pm, to assist customers and answer questions.  Just make sure to bring your Smart Card with you." 

Both residential tap houses have been completely upgraded.  Each residential water fill station now has three spigots to dispense water.  For more information about the changes visit or contact the dispatcher at 684-2195. 

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Contact: Kerri Marshall, Manager - Environment, 625-2836