$60M upgrade of treatment plant
By Ron Grech, The Daily Press
City officials call it the biggest single project Timmins has ever taken on.
The upgrade to the Mattagami Waste Water Treatment Plant will cost $60-million which is unprecedented for a municipal project in Timmins.
City residents will likely begin seeing the first signs of work being done on Airport Road, across from the Bozzer baseball diamonds in the early fall.
Construction on the site is expected to take more than two years.
“I hope by September and October to see equipment on site and excavation to start,” said Luc Duval, director of public works and engineering. “And then from that point onwards, depending on the season and the weather there will be activity on that site.”
The upgrades to the plant were made mandatory in the wake of the Walkerton tragedy in May 2000 in which seven people died and more than 2,000 others became ill from drinking E. coli contaminated municipal water.
The cost of this provincially mandated project is being divided three ways by the municipal, provincial and federal governments.
“It all fits in our capital investments for sewer and water” budgeted over the next decade, explained Duval.
“We’ve talked about how that plant is going to be upgraded to secondary treatment. We’re in the final stretches of awarding a construction contract for that project. The City of Timmins received tenders (two weeks ago) so we’re in the process of reviewing the tenders and reviewing the amounts and then eventually making a recommendation to council.”
Duval anticipated that recommendation will come to council within two to four weeks.
“Once we award that contract, assuming we award it in August some time, we should start to see activities on that site in September,” he said.
“The chunk of land we got vacant today will be filled with infrastructure in two-and-a-half years from now. So there will be new buildings, a lot of processing tanks where we’re going to be aerating the treated effluent as it comes through the secondary process… There are a lot of new processes being introduced as well and all to better treat the sewage and be better stewards of the environment.