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The existing sanitary pumping stations (Elmwood, Hiawatha, and Rosemere) and some of the sanitary sewer mains in the general Port Credit East area are experiencing operational challenges. The Region has initiated a Schedule “C” Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for this infrastructure to develop an integrated and optimized servicing strategy to meet existing and future growth.
Class EA process:
The Schedule “C” Study will satisfy all five phases of the Class EA process:
- Phase 1: Identify the study problem and/or opportunities.
- Phase 2: Evaluate alternative long-term servicing strategies, sites, routes and design concepts (present the preliminary preferred servicing concept at PIC No. 1 – Early Summer 2021)
- Phase 3: Evaluate the preliminary preferred solution including location, alignments, siting, design and construction timing (present the preliminary preferred solution at PIC No. 2 – Fall 2021).
- Phase 4: Present study recommendations in an Environmental Study Report (ESR) for public review.
- Phase 5: Complete study and implement recommendations.
How long will the study take?
The Port Credit East Wastewater Servicing Optimization Strategy was initiated in November 2020. It is expected that this Class EA will take approximately one year to complete.
- A preliminary review of the study area has been completed to establish a baseline understanding of the features including, but not limited to, the natural environment, socio/economic, transportation network, archaeological potential and cultural heritage.
- A review of opportunities and constraints of the existing system has been completed to establish what is required to meet the needs of the existing community.
- A review of planned population changes and growth in the study area to establish an understanding of the long-term servicing needs for the community.
- A review of the study area within the context of the broader Regional and Local wastewater servicing strategy to ensure integration.
Results of Phase 1:
The work completed during Phase 1 has identified the need to optimize and improve the existing wastewater system.
The next step is to look at different ways for how the system can be improved to meet existing and future servicing needs. A servicing solution will require new construction in the Study Area. There may be several options to the servicing solution, each one with a different impact. Several viable servicing solutions will be evaluated against criteria to select a balanced preferred servicing strategy.