Saint John Water
Milestones Achieved
Date
Funding Announcement
November 22, 2013
Request for Qualification (RFQ) Issued
July 22, 2014
RFQ Closed
September 11, 2014
Common Council Approves Shortlist
November 4, 2014
Utility Information Meeting
January 14, 2015
Networking Meeting
January 14, 2015
Council Approves Selection for Preferred Proponent
November 6, 2015

Project History

November 6, 2015

Saint John Common Council Approves Selection for Preferred Proponent for Water Project

Port City Water Partners has been declared preferred proponent with respect to the City’s Safe Clean Drinking Water Project.

Under the Project Agreement, Port City Water Partners will design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) a new water treatment plant on the City’s East side under a 33 year agreement.  Port City Water Partners will also design, build and finance 26 kms of pipeline to renew the City’s water transmission and distribution system. 

Port City Water Partners has made a firm fixed price date certain commitment for the delivery of the project. The City of Saint John retains ownership and control of the assets and sets the water rates.  The City has set strict technical water quality and safety standards to which Port City Water Partners will need to comply.

“This was Common Council’s number one priority,” said Mayor Mel Norton. “The project will provide Saint John Water customers with drinking water that will meet federal and provincial water standards for many years to come.” 

The project includes the construction of a new seventy-five million litre per day water treatment plant, storage reservoirs on the East side and a number of other high impact and critical water transmission system improvements throughout the City.

The new water treatment plant and other project components will be completed by no later than November 2018. The City’s West side is scheduled to be supplied with groundwater from newly drilled wells by the end of 2017. 

In November, 2013, the Province of New Brunswick and PPP Canada announced a combined investment of up to $114.6 million toward the City of Saint John Safe Clean Drinking Water Project.  The PPP Canada Fund is making a contribution of up to $57.3 million while the Province of New Brunswick is providing a contribution of up to $57.3 million through the Regional Development Corporation.

 

June 22, 2015

SCDWP Council Update (pages 222-224)

April 28, 2015

The request for proposal (RFP) was issued to the final three bidders on January 8, 2015. The bidders attended an information session where they were provided greater details on the RFP on January 15, 2015. Following the information session, they participated in a networking session where they met potential contractors interested in the project.

The project team is currently working towards the finalization of the project agreement (PA), which is expected to be completed this spring. The PA is a document detailing all of the projects, specifications and protocol that must be adhered to.

Evaluation teams will begin reviewing and scoring the bids this summer. These teams consist of several city staff members, industry experts and various consultants. These individuals have a multitude of experience in areas such as finance, engineering and project management to name a few.  The project is expected to be awarded late this fall.

November 4, 2014

Common Council Approves Shortlist of Bidders for Project


July 21, 2014

Common Council approves Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
for Safe Clean Drinking Water Project

Project scope now includes wellfield on the City’s west side

Saint John Common Council has approved the release of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) document for bidders interested the City’s Safe Clean Drinking Water project. The RFQ marks a significant milestone for the project.

“The RFQ tells industry that we’re on schedule, we’ve done our homework, examined our system and needs closely, and have taken the necessary steps to move to procurement,” says Mayor Mel Norton.

The City has assembled an experienced team and established a project office.  Dean Price is the Project Manager for this historic project which will be one of the largest of its type in Canada.

The City currently supplies surface water (from lakes) to its system users. Last year, the City began testing for groundwater (underground wells or aquifers) on both the East and West sides in an effort to reduce project costs as ground water costs less to treat. Tests did not support an adequate supply on the East side however, tests received back last month from the West wellfield indicated that there is enough water to supply groundwater to the west side. That water can be treated at the Spruce Lake Treatment Plant.
This means capacity at the East side plant can be reduced to 75 MLD (million litres per day) and that there is no need for some of the distribution and storage upgrades needed to supply East side water to the West side.

“From the beginning of this project, the City has been committed to finding for ways to deliver quality water and water service that is affordable for ratepayers. This latest development demonstrates our commitment,” says Dean Price.

This development will result in significant savings for the project.  Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) has refreshed the Business Case based on this information and the project shows value for money.

Procurement for the project will take place in two stages. The RFQ is the first stage and its purpose is to pre-qualify three bidders who will then respond to an RFP (Request for Proposals).

The RFQ containing the entire project scope is available on the Tenders and Proposals Page at: www.saintjohn.ca and through through the New Brunswick Opportunities Network (NBON).

On November 22, 2013, the Governments of Canada and New Brunswick and PPP Canada announced a combined investment of up to $114.6 million to the City of Saint John Safe Clean Drinking Water project. The federal government announced it is providing an up to $57.3 million non-repayable P3 Canada Fund contribution to the project while the Province of New Brunswick is providing an up to $57.3 million contribution through the Regional Development Corporation.

Under the proposed public-private partnership (P3) arrangement, project risks (including design, construction, financing, operations and maintenance will be transferred to a private partner, who will bear responsibility for any cost overruns and delays.

July 7, 2014

The City of Saint John’s Safe Clean Drinking Water Project team continues to make significant progress on the project. The request for qualifications (RFQ) for potential project bidders will be released this summer. Further project updates, including the RFQ, will be published to the website, and included in reports to Saint John Common Council.


November 22, 2013


November 22, 2013: Governments of Canada and New Brunswick Announce Contribution to Saint John Safe Clean Drinking Water Project

About the Project

The City of Saint John is committed to providing all residents with safe, clean drinking water. As part of its mandate, Common Council has made safe clean, drinking water a key service priority over the next several months and years. This is the reason for the Safe, Clean Drinking Water Program (SCDWP).

The program includes the construction of a water treatment plant and upgrading a network of water mains and pipes. One of the key considerations of the program is the effect on rate payers.

On March 25, Common Council voted to submit a business case to P3 Canada in order to apply for eligible funding. You can find out more about P3 Canada here.

We encourage all Saint John residents to become informed about the process.