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Public meeting outlines options for water servicing in Wellington

Story and photos by Sharon Harrison
A public information meeting held at the Wellington and District Community Centre last week saw a good turnout of people interested in finding out more about future management of water in Wellington.

The municipality is undertaking a ‘Wellington Master Servicing Plan’ for water, sanitary and storm water services and management for the Wellington urban centre.

The public information centre (PIC) displayed a number of information boards in the Highline Hall, but there was no presentation, and no opportunity to receive an explanation of the displayed information, or for questions to be addressed at the event.

The master plan will consider and evaluate alternatives and identify the preferred infrastructure upgrades for water treatment and distribution, sanitary treatment and collection, and storm water management to accommodate immediate development and long-term growth opportunities to full ‘build-out’ to the urban boundary, as per the Secondary Plan.

The public information centre was an opportunity to learn more about the process, review the needed improvements, evaluate and recommend alternatives, and discuss next steps.

RV Anderson Associates Limited prepared the information displayed in conjunction with the municipality. The supplied handouts indicate the process is at the end of phase two of a five-step process.

It was noted preferred solutions will be prioritized to address immediate needs, intermediate needs and long-term needs.

It has been established by the consultants that water treatment capacity should increase to 8,500m3/day at full build-out, where full build-out is defined as the Wellington urban area being fully developed in accordance with the Secondary Plan.

The existing water treatment plant is rated for 2,500m3/day.

It was noted there is currently a water storage deficit of 683m3/day.

The information showed preliminary water storage locations and proposed water main routing, as well as types of water storage, such as floating storage (elevated tank or standpipe) or pumped storage (buried or above-ground storage).

Of the five water storage locations outlined, two were shortlisted. Site one, north of Consecon Street (less preferred), and site four (south of the Wellington and District Community Centre), which was recommended by the consultants.

Wastewater capacity needs will increase to 3,900m3/day (average day) and 16,300m3/day (peak day) at full build-out.

The two shortlisted wastewater treatment alternatives are, expand existing waste water treatment plant and re-use existing tankage for treatment, or built a new waste water treatment plan and re-use existing tankage for biosolids storage. The new build option is recommended by the consultants.

A shortlist of water treatment capacity alternatives included expanding the existing water treatment plant, or build a new water treatment plant on the existing site, decommissioning the existing plant.

Sanitary collection needs included two shortlisted options. The first option is to upsize the sanitary sewer on Main Street, upsize sewage pumping station on Wharf Street, with a new sanitary sewer on the Millennium Trail and northward. The second recommended option including upsizing the sanitary sewer on Main Street near the waste water treatment plant, with a new sanitary sewer on the Millennium Trail and northward, and new sewage pumping station on east end.

For storm water management, it noted existing storm water infrastructure requires upgrades and/or maintenance, and does not currently accommodate forecasted development areas.

Two suggestions for each of the east, west and north ends of Wellington were provided, with one recommendation put forth for each of the three areas.

The study is being completed in accordance with a ‘Schedule B’ Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA), as outlined by the Municipal Engineer’s Association. To date, the existing servicing needs have been reviewed, forecasted demands have been identified and potential alternatives have been shortlisted.

Preferred alternative solutions have been identified and evaluated based on specific criteria, namely, technical and operational Impacts, social impacts, archaeological and cultural Impacts, natural environment impacts, and financial impacts.

Comment sheets were available at the meetings and are also available online. Comments must be submitted by Dec. 13, 2019. The next opportunity for public input is expected in early 2020. Further information can be found at the municipality’s website:
http://bit.ly/PECPublicConsultation.

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