Water trailer returned to campus

HTO To Go Water Trailer

The HTO To Go water trailer returned to Ryerson this fall after the RSU was blacklisted by Toronto Water last year. (James Tozer)

The HTO To Go water trailer had a much smoother orientation experience this year.

Toronto Water blacklisted the Ryerson Students’ Union from requesting the mobile water station to attend campus events last fall. The RSU moved the trailer to accommodate Drake’s concert, which created “serious operational complications,” claimed Toronto Water.

A year after the ordeal, the water trailer was back on campus, appearing on Gould Street for several days during orientation events.

In a statement, Toronto Water said that the RSU became eligible to request the trailer again in February 2016. The RSU provided documentation on how the September 2015 issues could have been avoided and what would be done at future events.

Toronto Water’s statement said they were satisfied that communication between Ryerson, the RSU and other groups involved in orientation events had improved and that there would be “better event site mapping and planning” for orientation events.

The layout for Drake’s Sept. 11, 2015 concert had to be changed the day of, forcing the RSU to move the water trailer approximately 15 metres back on Gould Street. Toronto Water said the move “resulted in health and safety issues for city staff, it compromised Toronto Water assets and most importantly could have endangered public safety.”

According to Andrea Bartlett, former  RSU president, the union’s first attempt to regain eligibility was rejected by Toronto Water for not being specific enough, while the RSU’s second attempt wasn’t approved until February.

Since the RSU has been reinstated, the HTO To Go water trailer has been on Ryerson’s campus numerous times with no issues, according to Toronto Water. RU Student Life has also brought the trailer to campus.

The HTO To Go trailers attend public events, for free, from May through September.

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