Notice Of Project Commencement
Class Environmental Assessment: Kitchener Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades
June 3, 2011 | Region of Waterloo | PDF
Wastewater generated in the City of Kitchener is treated at the Kitchener Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), located at 368 Mill Park Drive. The plant is comprised of two separate secondary treatment plants served by a common headworks facility and primary clarifier facility. Plant 1 was constructed in the early 1960s and Plant 2 was constructed in the mid-1970s. The effluent from both facilities is disinfected prior to being discharged in the Grand River. In order to upgrade treatment and ensure better effluent quality in the future, the Region has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for upgrading the treatment process, as well as for the provision of standby power to provide security to ensure essential operations will continue in the event of a power failure at the plant.
The Region of Waterloo completed a Wastewater Treatment Master Plan in 2007 that included Phases 1 and 2 of the Class Environmental Assessment process for the upgrades to the Kitchener WWTP and approved a number of upgrades, to be implemented using a phased
approach, as follows:
- Construction of a Dewatering Facility at the Manitou Drive Biosolids Transfer Station (completion in the fall of 2011);
- Construction of a Standby Disinfection Facility (completed in 2010);
- Construction of UV Disinfection and Effluent Pumping Station Facilities (under construction);
- Upgrades to Plant 2 to provide approximately 50 to 60 milliliters per day (MLD) nitrification capacity (under construction);
Phase 3 (part of this Class EA study):
- Decommissioning of the existing biosolids storage lagoons to provide the area necessary for the construction of a new treatment plant (Plant 3);
- Upgrades to headworks and processing of biosolids (thickening, pumping);
- Construction of Plant 3 with capacity of approximately 80 to 90 MLD to provide, as a minimum, nitrification and tertiary treatment for enhanced phosphorus removal;
- Upgrade or replacement of the existing outfall to convey treated effluent to the Grand River;
- Provision of standby power facilities to ensure reliability in the event of a power failure;
- Implementation of cogeneration engines to provide energy recovery and produce electricity from digester gas.
This project is being undertaken in accordance with the procedures defined in the Municipal Engineers Association Class Environmental Assessment (MEA, October 2000, amended in 2007), which applies to municipal wastewater, water and roads projects. This Class EA is being planned as a Schedule B project.
A key component of the Schedule B Class EA study involves consultation with interested stakeholders (public and regulatory agencies). As part of the consultation program, the Region will be holding Public Information Centres to advise and consult with the public, and a projectspecific contact list is being created. Those listed will receive information regarding the project by mail, including all notifications of Public Information Centres and formal notices. To be placed on the project contact list, to provide comments, or to request further information, please contact either:
Senior Project Engineer, Water Services
Regional Municipality of Waterloo
150 Frederick Street, 7th Floor
Kitchener ON N2G 4J3
Phone: (519) 575-4757 x3416
John Armistead, P.Eng.
250 York Street, Suite 410
London ON N6A 6K2
Phone: (519) 963-5860
FCM’s Green Municipal Fund supports the Kitchener Wastewater Treatment Plant Centrate Management Update in Waterloo Region
October 14, 2011 | Region of Waterloo | Link
Berry Vrbanovic, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and councillor for the City of Kitchener, Ont., and Harold Albrecht, member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, today announced a total of $2,200,000 in Green Municipal Fund (GMF) support for the Region of Waterloo. The regional municipality has received $200,000 in grant funding and $2,000,000 in low-interest loan funding from FCM to upgrade the Kitchener Wastewater Treatment Plant to improve the management of biosolids created during the wastewater treatment process, reduce the concentration of nutrients to the Grand River, and address performance and capacity concerns.
“FCM’s Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments,” said Mr. Vrbanovic. “The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.”
“The Government of Canada is assisting municipalities across the country in achieving their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians through the Green Municipal Fund,” said Mr. Albrecht. “Today’s announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with FCM — is helping the Region of Waterloo build a greener future for our citizens.”
The Kitchener Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade will improve the process by which air is added to the water, and ammonia and organic nitrogen are processed into nitrate. Construction is being done in stages to reduce the impact to plant operations. Other upgrades involve the design and building of new facilities to process the biosolids created during the treatment process. The new facility will convert the biosolids into cake form rather than liquid form.
The upgrade will also reduce the amount of ammonia-nitrogen in the treatment plant effluent by about 75 per cent. Higher quality effluent will improve water quality in the Grand River; in turn protecting the health of communities that rely on the Grand River watershed, and supporting population growth by ensuring the watershed’s sustainability. The creation of cake-form biosolids will produce a lesser volume needing storage, and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation. The biosolid process will also decrease the risk of runoff from fields following the application of liquid biosolids.
“Protecting the quality of the Grand River as a source of drinking water is a priority for the Region of Waterloo”, said Ken Seiling, Regional Chair. “Our residents have expressed strong support for this goal in their input to our Regional strategic plan and wastewater treatment master plan. Upgrading the Kitchener Wastewater Treatment Plant will help us achieve this goal.”
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.