January 31, 2005

Project will enhance primary treatment at Gold Bar plant, cut raw sewage releases

A new infrastructure project at Edmonton's Gold Bar wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) will enhance primary treatment at the facility, adding two new tanks and components to provide a high rate clarification system, plus screening and diversion facilities to reduce the amount of raw sewage entering the North Saskatchewan River through combined storm and sanitary sewer overflows.

The project is being funded by a $20.5-million investment from the Infrastructure Canada-Alberta Program (ICAP), a partnership involving federal, provincial and municipal governments that also allows for private-sector participation. The federal and Alberta governments are providing approximately $13.3 million ($6.6 million each). The city of Edmonton is contributing the remaining $7.2 million.

This is the second ICAP investment in the facility by the three partners. The first project, approved in 2001, represented an investment of $3.4 million.

In compliance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, federal and provincial authorities conducted an environmental assessment of the project was conducted before final authorization was given. In accordance with Section 20(1)(a) of the Act, and conditional upon mitigation measures outlined to the proponent being carried out, it was determined that the project could proceed without significant adverse environmental effects.

Site preparation for the construction of the enhanced primary treatment facility has been completed and contracts for major facility construction have been awarded. The ICAP-funded portion of the project will be completed by March 31, 2006. The entire project will be constructed by July 2006. Full facility performance testing that requires wet weather flow will be completed by October 2006.

More information is available from KC Er, director of the Gold Bar WWTP, 780/496-4320.

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