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Utilities Kingston to begin $88 million expansion of Cataraqui Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant

November 3, 2016 -

Utilities Kingston is set to begin the four-year, $88 million expansion and upgrade of the Cataraqui Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant to increase plant capacity, improve the quality of treated wastewater it discharges, and upgrade equipment.

"By ensuring the reliability of wastewater services and helping to protect Lake Ontario, this project will benefit the community today and generations to come," says Jim Keech, president and CEO of Utilities Kingston. He notes that the upgrades were identified as a City of Kingston priority in the 2010 Sewage Infrastructure Master Plan. The planned project is the largest in the four-year municipal utility capital budgets for 2015-2018, as approved by city council. It's funded through utility rates and impost funds. 

The west-end plant was constructed in 1962 and went through its last major upgrade in 2002.

The project work will be done for Utilities Kingston by North America Construction (1993) Ltd. (NAC), which submitted the lowest bid for the tender. While the upgrades will produce some construction noise and traffic, the complex project is being sequenced so there will be no disruption to sewer services.  Work will begin with the construction of the secondary treatment system and dewatering facility, and then move on to the expansion of the primary treatment facility.

The upgrade will increase the plant's capacity from 38,800 to 55,000 cubic meters per day to meet projected population growth.

These needed upgrades will result in a treatment process similar to the one at Ravensview Wastewater Treatment Facility, one of North America's most environmentally progressive plants. It will improve the quality of treated wastewater it discharges by incorporating BIOSTYR®. The BIOSTYR® and BIOSTYR-DUO® processes combine the biological treatment and filtration of wastewater into one system that removes ammonia, along with most dissolved contaminants and solids. This will improve the quality of treated wastewater that is discharged to Lake Ontario in the form of natural resource quality water.

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Media contact: For more information contact 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

About Utilities Kingston: Utilities Kingston operates multiple utilities through a single service structure, allowing it to deliver cost savings and customer service excellence. The company is unique in Ontario, combining water, wastewater, gas and electrical services, and broadband fibre optics in one company. Trusted by customers to deliver reliable utilities for more than 150 years, employees are proud to provide personal, responsive services.

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