Mayor Mel Norton has proclaimed February 8 as “the beginning of the design and construction phase” for the City’s Safe Clean Drinking Water Project (SCDWP). The proclamation read during the February 8 meeting of Common Council also serves as a public declaration that financial close between the City of Saint John and Port City Water Partners (PCWP) was completed in Toronto on February 4. Port City Water Partners was selected as the preferred proponent for the project on November 6, 2015.
Financial close occurs when all project and financing agreements have been signed and all the conditions specified in the agreements have been met. It enables funds to start flowing so that the project can begin. Details regarding financial close can be found in the Council Report (see page 6).
“This proclamation is a public acknowledgement of this milestone and serves as the official introduction of Port City Water Partners to our community,” said Mayor Norton. “Council’s number one priority will ensure Saint John Water customers are provided with drinking water that will meet federal and provincial water standards for many years to come.”
“At Port City Water Partners, we are excited to work with the City of Saint John on this landmark project. We will bring our expertise to this project and hope to learn from the expertise at Saint John Water,” said Project Director Will Chow, who was among representatives from PCWP present at the Council meeting. Mr. Chow signed the proclamation on behalf of PCWP.
Mr. Wayne Long, M.P. for Saint John-Rothesay and The Honourable Dr. Ed Doherty, M. L. A. Saint John Harbour also attended the reading and signed the proclamation.
The City received funding from P3 Canada and the Province of New Brunswick to deliver the SCDWP.
About the Safe Clean Drinking Water Project
The SCDWP is designed to ensure drinking water that meets provincial and federal drinking water standards for years to come. It consists of a drinking water plant with a capacity of 75 million liters per day and storage capacity of 33 million liters.
It also includes improvements to the existing water distribution, disinfection and pumping systems, including the replacement of 20 kilometers of piping, further 10 kilometers of pipe rehabilitation and upgrades to the Spruce Lake Water Treatment Plant.
About Port City Water Partners
Port City Water Partners is a consortium comprised of leaders in the development and delivery of Public-Private-Partnerships (“PPP”), water/wastewater treatment facilities and infrastructure based in New Brunswick, across Canada and internationally. PCWP’s value proposition is to marry international best practices with deep national experience and intimate local knowledge to provide the City with the best value for money solution available in the market today.
The PCWP is comprised of the following entities: Brookfield Financial Securities LP; Acciona Group of Companies; North America Construction; AMEC Foster Wheeler; Stantec Consulting Ltd.; SIMO Management Inc.; FCC Construction and Gulf Operators Ltd.