City ap­proves fund­ing to de­sign wa­ter treat­ment plant up­grades

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

Swift Cur­rent City Coun­cil is pro­ceed­ing with a detailed de­sign for an up­grade and ex­pan­sion of Swift Cur­rent’s Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant.

At their May 25 meet­ing, City Coun­cil ap­proved $867,500 in fund­ing for a detailed de­sign pro­posal for the es­ti­mated $13 mil­lion project. The up­grade would help ex­pand ca­pac­ity of the plant to 35 me­gal­itres per day from the cur­rent 21 me­gal­itres per day.

In a re­port to coun­cil, Di­rec­tor of En­gi­neer­ing Mac Forster pointed out many com­po­nents of the plant are ag­ing and some equip­ment is be­com­ing ob­so­lete or near­ing the end of their ef­fec­tive life span. This is com­pli­cated by the fact Swift Cur­rent’s wa­ter de­mands are in­creas­ing due to growth, along with a se­ries of height­ened wa­ter qual­ity reg­u­la­tions. There is a con­cern that in the near fu­ture the cur­rent plant will not be ca­pa­ble of con­sis­tently pro­duc­ing treated wa­ter that meets Saskatchewan’s Drink­ing Wa­ter Qual­ity Stan­dard and Ob­jec­tives(SDWQSO) in ad­e­quate vol­umes.

To meet the tight­en­ing stan­dards, the ex­pan­sion will in­clude an im­proved clar­i­fi­ca­tion process, a chem­i­cal man­age­ment fa­cil­ity, an ul­tra­vi­o­let dis­in­fec­tion fa­cil­ity, new heat­ing and elec­tri­cal sys­tems, high lift pump up­grades and two new wash­rooms.

“All cap­i­tal and op­er­at­ing costs as­so­ci­ated with wa­ter treat­ment are re­cov­ered through util­ity fees paid by the users,” Forster noted dur­ing his re­port. “The City of Swift Cur­rent wa­ter and sewer util­ity fee will be ad­justed in the near fu­ture to ac­com­mo­date costs as­so­ci­ated with this project. It is how­ever, an­tic­i­pated that the City of Swift Cur­rent wa­ter and sewer util­ity rates will con­tinue to be av­er­age to be­low av­er­age rel­a­tive to the rates of other cities fol­low­ing this ad­just­ment.”

Detailed en­gi­neer­ing de­sign is the next crit­i­cal step for this project. Detailed de­sign will fi­nal­ize the treat­ment ca­pac­ity of the plant and in­volve the prepa­ra­tion of all the detailed draw­ing and spec­i­fi­ca­tions for all com­po­nents of the project.

Over the past sev­eral months AECOM and the City’s En­gi­neer­ing Depart­ment have en­gaged in sev­eral meet­ings and site vis­its to re­view the pre-de­sign re­port and dis­cuss fees for the Detailed De­sign com­po­nent of the project.

As a re­sult of th­ese dis­cus­sions, AECOM has sub­mit­ted a fixed fee to­tal cost of $867,500 to pro­vide detailed en­gi­neer­ing de­sign ser­vice for this project. This rep­re­sents 6.7 per cent of the to­tal es­ti­mated cost of the project and is con­sid­ered ac­cept­able for a project of this com­plex­ity.

A rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony was hosted at the Prairie View Health Cen­tre in Mankota on Tues­day to for­mally un­veil the fa­cil­ity as the Cy­press Health Re­gion’s sixth Pri­mary Health Care site. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the cer­e­mony were (L to R) Lorraine Chypiska...

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