Projects ap­proved in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay

Fire and do­mes­tic pumps, lift sta­tion odour con­trol and wa­ter­line re­place­ment in the works

The Labradorian - - Front Page - BY EVAN CAREEN

Peo­ple liv­ing the val­ley area of town may no­tice a dif­fer­ence in the wa­ter pres­sure, or lack thereof, next sum­mer. The town ap­proved just un­der $1.2 mil­lion at the last pub­lic coun­cil meet­ing on Aug. 27 to in­stall fire pumps and do­mes­tic pumps in Sand­hill reser­voir and the D42 reser­voir.

“We found that in the sum­mer­time we have low pres­sure in the val­ley on high de­mand days,” said town en­gi­neer Randy Dil­lon. “These do­mes­tic pumps will in­crease the pres­sure dur­ing these high flow days in the sum­mer. The new fire pumps will also give us an added de­gree of sys­tem re­li­a­bil­ity when a fire­fight­ing sit­u­a­tion arises.”

Dil­lon said they had $913,000 ap­proved for those projects and ten­ders came in about $259,000 over so they used funds avail­able from the 2017-2020 multi year cap­i­tal works pro­gram to top up the ini­tial funds re­quired.

Dil­lon said since most of the work will be done in­side there isn’t as much of a rush as in some other projects to com­plete by the end of the con­struc­tion sea­son but they hope to have the pumps in­stalled be­fore Christ­mas.

Odour Con­trol

The town also ap­proved a con­tract for the in­stal­la­tion of an odour con­trol unit for Lift Sta­tion 21 on Hamil­ton River Road. A con­tract for the sup­ply of the unit had been awarded ear­lier.

“It’s the town largest lift sta­tion and has a ten­dency to pro­duce odour in the area and I think what it is, is be­cause of the large amount of grease and fats that are ac­cu­mu­lat­ing in the lift sta­tion and when they start to de­cay they pro­duce an odour,” Dil­lon said.

He said there have been com­plaints from res­i­dents and that’s what lead to this in­stal­la­tion. He said what they have been do­ing, on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, is tak­ing the fire truck and flush­ing out the cham­ber to make sure there isn’t any ac­cu­mu­la­tion of grease and fats. The unit is sup­posed to con­tain, re­duce and treat the odour com­ing from the lift sta­tion.

Dil­lon said they had trou­ble with the ten­der last year

“It was ten­dered and came in high,” he said. “Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs sug­gested we re­tender it again this year. We broke the project into two parts; one for the sup­ply of the unit and one for the in­stal­la­tion and now it’ll fi­nally get done in the next cou­ple of months. Al­though the ten­der still came in above the bud­geted amount, it was $20,000 less than last year’s ten­der.”

The ex­tra $69,000 re­quired to com­plete this project was re­al­lo­cated from a sav­ings in the 2014-2017 multi-year cap­i­tal works pro­gram and the to­tal cost will be $192,000, he said. This sav­ings in the amount of $536,000 was a re­sult of the ten­der for the well­field ex­pan­sion be­ing lower than the bud­geted amount of $2,051,000.

Wa­ter line re­place­ment

The re­place­ment of the backup wa­ter line on Hamil­ton River Road from Sand­hill reser­voir up to the D19 reser­voir (next to for­mer the Mid­way restau­rant) at a cost of ap­prox­i­mately $400,000 will also funded from the sav­ings on that project.

Dil­lon said it’s a backup line that can be used to pump wa­ter from Sand­hill up to D19 and also the D42 reser­voir in the event of an emer­gency. Town work­ers were do­ing some test­ing last year and found there were breaks in this line.

“Af­ter we ex­ca­vated to re­pair the break, we re­al­ized that a lot of line was bro­ken,” he said. “We think at some point in the past, where the wa­ter wasn’t be­ing used on a reg­u­lar ba­sis since it was a backup line, it must have frozen and bro­ken. So now with this type of in­stal­la­tion, the pipe will be drained when not in use so that won’t be an is­sue in the fu­ture.”

The money will be used to in­stall about 350 me­tres of 200 mm high-den­sity poly­eth­yl­ene pipe.

“We have the pipe bought and this con­tract would be for the in­stal­la­tion of the pipe,” Dil­lon said. “It shouldn’t take longer than two-three weeks. The chal­lenge now is get­ting all the ap­provals in place from the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and so on.”

He said they plan have it done be­fore the end of the con­struc­tion sea­son and it shouldn’t in­ter­rupt traf­fic.

“It’s all go­ing to be off the south side of the road so there won’t be any traf­fic dis­rup­tion. The cross­ings are done, they weren’t dam­aged so it’ll just be a straight in­stal­la­tion from Sand­hill to D19. There will be some con­struc­tion traf­fic as­so­ci­ated with the in­stal­la­tion but as far as de­tour as lane clo­sures we should be fine.”

Coun­cil ap­proved that project as well at the Aug. 27 meet­ing.


This lift sta­tion in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay is get­ting an odour con­trol unit in­stalled.

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