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Water and Wastewater

South Peel Facility Expansion Projects

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions

  1. Is this construction process going to affect water and sewer rates in the Region?
  2. Why do the facilities have to be upgraded now?
  3. What is the capacity of these facilities?
  4. Who is paying for this construction? How much does it all cost?
  5. What is the construction schedule?
  6. What will be the hours of construction activity on weekdays? Weekends?
  7. How big is the construction workforce?
  8. Will there be any damage to the natural environment due to construction?
  9. How will local residents be affected by construction?
  10. Will local businesses be affected?
  11. Can the public view the progress of construction?
  12. How will the Region keep residents informed?

Answers

  1. Is this construction process going to affect water and sewer rates in the Region?
    The Region of Peel is pleased to say that it has the lowest water and sewer rates in the GTA and this will continue after the expansion of facilities.
  2. Why do the facilities have to be upgraded now?
    In 1999, Peel Region identified the need to expand these facilities by 2006 to service growth in the Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon areas.
  3. What is the capacity of these facilities?
    Lakeview Wastewater Treatment Facility will expand in capacity from 392 to 448 million litres per day; Clarkson Wastewater Treatment Facility will expand from 163 to 200 million litres per day; Lakeview Water Treatment Facility will expand from 560 to 920 million litres per day.
  4. Who is paying for this construction? How much does it all cost?
    The three expansion projects total approximately $600 million in capital expenditures. This was approved by Region of Peel Council.
  5. What is the construction schedule?
    Site clearing started in the fall of 2003 and most of the construction activities will be completed by 2006, with additional upgrades by 2008.
  6. What will be the hours of construction activity on weekdays? Weekends?
    Expected hours of activity are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. There could be occasional work carried out on evenings and weekends.
  7. How big is the construction workforce?
    There will be between 200-250 construction workers at the peak of construction.
  8. Will there be any damage to the natural environment due to construction?
    These projects underwent a Class Environmental Assessment prior to obtaining Ministry of the Environment approval. The study concluded that environmental impacts would be minimal and easily mitigated. There is a program in place to monitor construction activities so that any environmental impacts are dealt with.
  9. How will local residents be affected by construction?
    For several years, some local residents have been affected by odours associated with the Lakeview Wastewater Treatment Facility. With the expansion, the existing technology is being replaced with more efficient technology that will minimize odours being experienced in the community.

    Unfortunately, there will be some unavoidable noise, dust and disruption as a result of traffic associated with construction workers, equipment and materials. Should you have any concerns, please let us know.
  10. Will local businesses be affected?
    The majority of contracts and contractors will source equipment and personnel through a competitive bid process. Products and services will be sourced from Peel Region and elsewhere. The Region of Peel plans to work with the local business associations in order to increase opportunities for local spending.
  11. Can the public view the progress of construction?
    The construction of the facilities is being carried out by three separate consulting companies:
    -Lakeview Wastewater Treatment Facility - KMK/ Black & Veatch
    -Clarkson Wastewater Treatment Facility - Earth Tech
    -Lakeview Water Treatment Facility - CH2M Hill

    Each of these consulting companies will be providing photographs illustrating construction progress through links to this Website.

    In addition, public tours will be available. Please check this Website for dates.
  12. How will the Region keep residents informed?
    Public involvement is a critical part of this process.
    The Region of Peel will continue distributing the Clear Scents newsletter to local residents, updating them on construction progress. Additionally, the Clear Scents Public Working Group (comprised of area residents and ratepayer representatives) will continue to meet periodically throughout the construction period to monitor and provide advice on odour issues.

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Revised: Thursday July 26 2007

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