Information vital part of projects

Toronto residents will have a chance to ask Columbia Gas representatives questions on Wednesday regarding a project to replace gas lines across a swath of the city.

Residents might have a lot of questions, given the fact that streets are being torn up already and notices were mailed to residences in January announcing there could be service interruptions and crews tearing up yards soon.

Columbia has done a generally good job of managing information about these projects in other parts of Toronto and across most of Steubenville in recent years.

The need to replace infrastructure is vital as our communities age and the potential dangers of gas leaks from old lines should be an obvious factor in deciding to replace lines.

We hope Columbia keeps Toronto residents informed, and that residents realize that Columbia’s representatives are doing their job.

We also hope that service interruptions are given a greater notice than the January warning that they might occur. Times and blocks where shutoffs may occur in advance give residents some peace of mind and a chance to plan.

Residents should participate in the meeting and ask questions, listen and leave the room knowing what Columbia knows about the project. The gas company is professional and does these jobs everywhere, but information is vital for making this essential work go smoothly.