Ques­tions sur­round­ing the new waste­water treat­ment fa­cil­ity

The Beacon (Gander) - - News -

Dur­ing the March 28 meet­ing held about Gander’s new waste­water treat­ment fa­cil­ity, res­i­dents had the op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions sur­round­ing the up­com­ing pro­ject. The re­sponse pro­vided came from CBCL’s civil en­gi­neer Greg Shep­pard and en­vi­ron­men­tal bi­ol­o­gist Melissa Ruther­ford.

The fol­low­ing is a se­lec­tion of ques­tions asked dur­ing the meet­ing.

Q : Will it shut down the Magee Road fa­cil­ity?

A: (Shep­pard) Yes. Two ex­ist­ing sites – Magee Road and Beaver­wood – with the plan to pipe to the new fa­cil­ity and dis­charge the treated wa­ter into Whitman’s Pond.

Q : How many years from now un­til we can stop hold­ing our nose on Magee Road?

A: (Shep­pard) We are on a good roll now. We are at the stage where the pro­ject has fund­ing. We are now work­ing on the en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment. De­pend­ing on how long this process takes, it may not hap­pen un­til next spring. But we are do­ing ev­ery­thing we pos­si­bly can to break ground this fall.

Q : With Magee run­ning near ca­pac­ity, what’s the mit­i­ga­tion plan in the event of it over­flow­ing?

A: (Shep­pard) Other than build­ing a plant and trans­fer­ring over to the new site, it’s about all that can be done. So we’ve got to try and get this pro­ject up and run­ning ASAP.

Q : How was the new lo­ca­tion de­ter­mined?

A: (Shep­pard) Early in the process we went through a site se­lec­tion process. Some of the key driv­ers around that was the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment out­lin­ing that sewage couldn’t be dis­charged into Gander Lake wa­ters, so it ruled out a num­ber of lo­ca­tions. At the end of the day it came down to eco­nomics in terms of where it would be placed.

Q : The area se­lected has a lot of new res­i­den­tial growth, is there any con­cern about over­lap?

A: (Shep­pard) We have a buf­fer around the site ul­ti­mately, and in work­ing with the town, they are com­fort­able that the planned site will be able to ac­com­mo­date the fur­ther growth, that is if that area of Gander con­tin­ues to grow.

Q : How far is it from the res­i­den­tial area?

A: (Shep­pard) It’s al­most two kilo­me­tres from Cooper Boule­vard.

Q : How will this af­fect Whitman’s Pond?

A: (Ruther­ford) Re­gard­less of the treat­ment method to be se­lected, it has meet dis­charge re­quire­ments. Which will be in line with waste­water fed­eral reg­u­la­tions.

Q : Whitman’s Pond feeds into Jonathan’s Pond. Any im­pact ex­pected?

A: (Ruther­ford) The short an­swer is no, as we are go­ing to be dis­charg­ing a bet­ter qual­ity of wa­ter than is be­ing dis­charged to it now. So we ex­pect there will be no im­pact.

Q :Can you ex­plain the pip­ing?

A: (Shep­pard) Right now we have Beaver­wood and Magee, so we are go­ing to pipe the sewage to the new lo­ca­tion, but there are ar­eas be­ing de­vel­oped so we have to be very care­ful. We’ll work with the town to put the sew­ers in a lo­ca­tion that doesn’t pro­hibit fu­ture de­vel­op­ment. We’ll bring it across from Beaver­wood and Magee and at some point it will have to be pumped due the in­crease in el­e­va­tion un­til it can grav­ity feed into the new lo­ca­tion.

Q : Will the new pip­ing go through peo­ple’s prop­erty?

A: We are lo­cat­ing it such that it’s not go­ing to be detri­men­tal to fu­ture de­vel­op­ment.

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