Over a period of 12 years, the Government of Canada will set aside more than CAD$180 billion (US$133 billion) for green infrastructure, public transit, social infrastructure, transportation, and water and wastewater services that support trade to the rural and northern communities in Canada, according to WaterWorld. Multiple projects have already been announced, including improvements, enhancements, and expansions for extant wastewater infrastructure.
A wastewater delivery pipeline on Prince Edward Island, Canada, which will run from Stratford to Charlottetown will be installed, and the East Royalty’s system will be connected to the Charlottetown Pollution Control Plant.
The East Royalty Lagoon will be removed and replaced with a lift station and sewer system – three kilometres long – that will flow directly to the Charlottetown Pollution Control Plant. This project will consolidate the wastewater treatment in Stratford with Charlottetown’s, and create one main wastewater treatment plant located on the Hillsborough River.
“In order for communities to thrive, they must have the necessary strategic infrastructure in place to support them,” Premier Wade MacLauchlan from Prince Edward Island said. “This announcement reaffirms our government’s commitment to work with all partners to encourage economic growth while safeguarding our environment. These investments will open up further development opportunities along the capital region waterfront and provide residents with safe, reliable infrastructure.”
A wastewater system expansion in Balgonie, Saskatchewan has also been announced, according to WaterWorld. The project will include the expansion of the existing sewage lagoon and irrigation systems, along with other related works that will enhance and improve the overall wastewater system and benefit the environment. Construction is slated to begin in the summer, and once completed, is expected to support economic and population growth in the community, offering services for up to 6,000 potential residents.
In Peterborough, Ontario, a project has been approved under the Government of Canada’s Clean Water and Waste Water Fund to modify and improve the Peterborough Waste Water Treatment Plant. Among other components vital to enhancing hydro consumption and sludge management, aging mechanical structures in the primary and secondary clarifiers will be replaced.
Across Ontario, another 128 water and wastewater projects benefitting other communities and the environment will also be carried out, keeping waterways clean and communities healthy.
“Building and maintaining high-quality water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure is an essential part of building liveable communities,” Ontario minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs and member of provincial parliament for Peterborough, Jeff Leal, said. “This announcement demonstrates the Province’s commitment to partnering with municipalities in order to deliver the public infrastructure Ontarians need. I am pleased that these projects will contribute to enhanced quality of life in Peterborough and the surrounding area for years to come.”