New water treatment plant best option to service Bruce Power, says engineer

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By Barb McKay

Extending water and wastewater services to Bruce Power would very likely require a new water treatment plant in the north end of the municipality, according to engineers.

Representatives from B.M. Ross and Associates, which is developing a water and wastewater master plan for the Municipality of Kincardine, provided aprogress update to council during last Wednesday’s meeting. The public works department initiated the study one year ago to determine the municipality’s short- and long-term needs for servicing, focusing on Tiverton; Kincardine, including land east of the hospital and the Highways 9 and 21 business park; the lakeshore area from Inverhuron to the West Ridge on the Lake subdivision; and the Bruce Energy Centre.

The study will take into account projected growth rates for the municipality, but also recent interest from Bruce Power to look at the possibility of extending services to the site. Andrew Garland, a project engineer with B.M. Ross, told council that a technical study of Kincardine’s water treatment plant and water storage show that there is not currently the capacity to supply Bruce Power. Kincardine’s water treatment plant has a capacity of 133.8 litres per second with a 53 litres per second reserve. Bruce Power would require between 40 and 133 litres per second of water, depending on the time of day.

Garland said the best option to service Bruce Power would be to build a second water treatment plant and locate it closer to the Bruce Power site.

“Even on the lower end of what they are looking at, to expand the current plant would ultimately cost more,” he said.

Gardner said that the timeline, from the commencement of a class environmental assessment to construction would be two and a half to four years. There are a number of factors that need to be considered, including cost, before the project proceeds.

B.M. Ross is also working with municipal staff to look at what future infrastructure needs will be based on population trends and forecasts. Currently, there are a number of subdivisions that are being developed and expanded, including Stovehaven and Willow West. Public Works Director Adam Weishar said the lagoons at the south end of Kincardine will be part of the master plan study. He said B.M. Ross is projecting that thecurrent lagoons and treatment site have 10 years remaining before expansion, based on the most rapidly projected growth rate.

A public information meeting will be held to provide further detail of the water and wastewater master plan, but has not been scheduled yet.