Lakeshore Makes Multi-Million Dollar Investment In Wastewater Treatment Capacity

Wednesday September 15th, 2021

Posted at 9:17pm

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Municipality of Lakeshore

Lakeshore is moving forward with a significant expansion to the Denis St. Pierre Water Pollution Control Plant after Council awarded a tender in the amount of $43.9 million to North America Construction (1993) Ltd.

The expansion will add the capacity needed to accommodate growth in the Municipality’s northwestern urban areas.

“While this is certainly a big ticket item, increasing our wastewater treatment capacity is much needed to accommodate the growth of our communities,” said Mayor Tom Bain. “As a Council, we also recognize that the cost of the project should be spread out over time so we limit the burden on current taxpayers and ensure future new developments pay their fair share.”

The Denis St. Pierre Water Pollution Control Plant, built in 1977, treats wastewater in the northwestern portion of the Municipality of Lakeshore and serves the urban areas in Belle River, Maidstone, Stoney Point, Comber and South Woodslee.  In 2020, the Plant reached its operational capacity due to higher than anticipated population growth and changes to residential water use patterns during the pandemic. As a result of its operational limits, new building and development applications in the service area were temporarily deferred.

Site preparation at the plant expected to begin in October, and once complete the expansion will increase treatment capacity by 70%.

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