A flurry of funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects across Canada has been recently announced, along with updates on several projects reaching completion.

We’ve gathered these completion announcements and funding releases below. Let us know if we’ve missed any! Email info@esemag.com.

PROJECT COMPLETIONS

Nova Scotia

The town of Windsor, Nova Scotia, announced the completion of its new wastewater treatment facility on December 17, 2016.

According to Infrastructure Canada, the new plant incorporates the latest technologies to meet the standards of the Federal Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations and improve reliability. It will greatly reduce the amount of effluent released into the St. Croix River and eliminate combined sewage overflows. The new facility has more capacity, servicing approximately 780 additional households and allowing for future growth.

Funding came from the Government of Canada ($2.9 million), the Town of Windsor ($169,510 from federal Gas Tax funds) and the Government of Nova Scotia ($3.8 million).

Quebec

The City of Laval celebrated the completion of work on its Chomedey, Pont-Viau and Sainte-Rose water treatment plants on December 19, 2016.

Work at the three water treatment plants involved expanding and renovating buildings to accommodate new and upgraded equipment designed to improve filtration, decantation and disinfection efficiency, as well as upgrading the pumping and automation systems to ensure greater control over water treatment processes.

Upon completion, the governments of Canada and Quebec will have each contributed $46,820,000, for a total of $93,640,000. The City of Laval will have contributed $100 million to complete this project.

Saskatchewan

The City of Regina announced on December 19, 2016, that upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant are substantially complete and all new process systems are in service.

A construction photo of the City of Regina's wastewater treatment plant. Photo from the City of Regina.
A construction photo of the City of Regina’s wastewater treatment plant. Photo from the City of Regina.

The upgrade project increases the plant’s capacity from 70 ML/D to 92 ML/D and converts the treatment process to a biological nutrient removal process, according to engineering consulting firm Stantec.

The project was completed by EPCOR and delivered through a Public-Private Partnership model (P3). In September 2013, Regina residents approved the P3 model in a referendum, with 57% of residents supporting the P3 model and 43% choosing the traditional design-bid-build plan.

Mayor of Regina Micahel Fougere credited the P3 model with delivering the project on time and under budget. Six million dollars was saved as a result of a contingency budget that was not required.

FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Newfoundland and Labrador

Also on December 19, 2016, the governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador announced more than $14 million in funding for 11 water and wastewater projects across the province.

Eight projects will receive a total of $2.7 million through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. These projects include upgrades to the dam drainage system in the Town of Bay L’Argent, a new water main line in Trinity Bay North, and chlorination upgrades in the Local Service District of Port Albert.

St. John’s will receive $11.2 million from the National-Regional Projects component of the New Building Canada Fund, for three water and wastewater projects. These projects involve installing new sewer main lining to rehabilitate the Goulds wastewater collection system, a new water main lining to extend the life of the water distribution system, and a new large-diameter storm sewer installation.

New Brunswick

The governments of New Brunswick and Canada revealed a combined $45.2 million investment into the TransAqua Wastewater Treatment Facility, which serves the communities of Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe.

TransAqua, formerly known as the Greater Moncton Wastewater Commission, will provide the remaining $45.2 million.

Announcing funding for New Brunswick water and wastewater projects
From left: David Muir, chair of TransAqua; Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor; Treasury Board President Roger Melanson; Finance Minister Cathy Rogers; and Monique LeBlanc, Moncton East MLA. Photo from the Regional Development Corporation.

The project involves adding a secondary level of wastewater treatment to allow the facility to meet current standards of the federal Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations and reduce the amount of waste being released into regional waterways.

According to the government of New Brunswick, the project will improve the quality of water in the Petitcodiac River, which is used for boating and other activities by residents and tourists.

Saskatchewan

The Town of Langham, Saskatchewan is receiving more than $3.8 million in provincial and federal funding for a new wastewater lagoon.

Langham, with its close proximity to Saskatoon, is experiencing increasing demand for growth – both residential and commercial. According to the Saskatchewan government, this new wastewater lagoon will increase the reliability and capacity of the town’s wastewater system, allowing it to accommodate an increased population and new economic development.

The project will also protect the surrounding soil and groundwater at the new lagoon site from wastewater contaminants.

For more more information on many of these projects, visit: www.infrastructure.gc.ca

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