Work will soon begin on the much anticipated Eastern Wastewater Treatment Facility, the pivotal component in the Saint John Harbour Clean-Up initiative. Council approved the contract award for the project at its March 16 meeting.
Pomerleau Inc. of Dartmouth, NS, will construct the facility at the tendered price of $51,805,878.30. The new Eastern Wastewater Treatment Facility, a 35,000 m3/day secondary-level conventional activated sludge treatment facility, will service the east and south central areas of the city.
“This is momentous for our citizens. Since 1990, The City of Saint John has made significant progress in wastewater service,” said His Worship Ivan Court, Mayor of Saint John. “Our partners, the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick realize that Saint John Harbour Clean-Up is about good health, clean waterways and quality of life.”
“This is a major step forward in efforts to clean up Saint John Harbour,” said the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). “It’s also a clear indication that, through partnership with the province and the City of Saint John, the Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to improve community infrastructure, protect the environment and enhance quality of life in the area and region.”
It is expected that work will begin at the facility, located at Hazen Creek on the City’s Red Head Road, late April.
The City of Saint John wastewater treatment and collection systems are being enhanced to protect people and the natural environment, and to help sustain institutions and the economy.
"This is another positive step forward towards a clean harbour for Saint John and a self-sufficient New Brunswick," said the Honourable Shawn Graham, Premier of New Brunswick. "Ever since we took office, our government has supported this project which will be a major catalyst for economic development in Saint John's urban core and a significant step forward for the environmental health of New Brunswick. It's great to see excellent cooperation between all three levels of government in this most important project."
On March 16, 2007, funding approval for the Saint John Harbour Clean-Up Program was announced by the Government of Canada, the Province of New Brunswick and The City of Saint John. Each level of government committed $26.6 million for a total amount of $79.8 million. The Contribution Agreement for the Harbour Clean-Up Program was signed on September 17, 2008 and under Schedule B of the agreement it is identified that the Program is comprised of two major project components, the Eastern Wastewater Treatment Facility and a Wastewater Collection System. Design work on the Wastewater Collection System is continuing and completion of construction for the overall Wastewater Collection System is anticipated by 2012.