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Safe Clean Drinking Water Project

Summer 2017 Update: West Side South Bay Wellfield Commissioning

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Project progress from above -- Spring 2017 DRONE VIDEO

Project photos - Spring 2017

Roadway Construction Activities:

Loch Lomond Road, from Hickey Road to Bon Accord Drive - Map
Loch Lomond Road, from Westmorland Road to McDonald Street - Map

June 10, 2019 - The City of Saint John celebrates the delivery of safe, clean drinking water with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new state-of-the-art water treatment facility

Safe Clean Drinking Water Project Public Information Session
Thursday, May 11, 2017

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Safe Clean Drinking Water Project Open House

Thursday, March 30, 2017

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April 18, 2017 - Project Performance Update - Safe, Clean Drinking Water Project
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January 23, 2017 - Project Performance Update - Safe, Clean Drinking Water Project

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October 31, 2016 - Project Performance Update - Safe, Clean Drinking Water Project

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August 24, 2016 - Presentation to Council

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June 28, 2016 - Open House Materials

Port City Water Partners and Saint John Water recently hosted two open houses designed to inform citizens about the Safe Clean Drinking Water Project. Over fifty residents met with project officials to learn more about construction impacts and upcoming changes to the City’s water system.

Ownership of water was a common concern expressed by residents. The City’s watershed supplies are the property of the Government of New Brunswick and the City has the right to use the water for the purposes of the water utility, and using a PPP or P3 model would not change this. Port City Water Partners (PCWP) will design and build the eastern water treatment plant and complete a number of improvements to the water distribution system. Once the project is completed, PCWP will operate and maintain the east Water Treatment Plant for 30 years. West side residents will be supplied with groundwater that will be chlorinated at the Spruce Lake facility.

Below are some of the materials distributed at the Open House:

About Saint John Water

About the Saint John Water System

West Side Groundwater Handout

West side Well Map

About Port City Water Partners


Building and Facilities

Treated Water Storage Reservoirs


June 22 and 23, 2016 Open Houses

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Two public information sessions will be held to provide general information on the Safe Clean Drinking Water Project, including an overview of current construction activities and anticipated activities in the coming months.

These events will be drop-in, tradeshow format, with informational booths devoted to key topic areas of the project, including project timelines, safety and environment, and descriptions of the infrastructure being constructed. Project staff and other key representatives will be on hand to explain the information presented and answer questions.
Join us at one of the following events:
East Side Event:
Wednesday, June 22, 4-7pm at the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) Gymnasium, 950 Grandview Avenue.

West Side Event:
Thursday, June 23, 4-7pm at the Branch 69 Legion (Upper Large Room), 714 Wilson Street.


April 4, 2016

At its meeting held November 6, 2015, Common Council resolved to enter into the Project Agreement with Port City Water Partners (Partners) and “to make the final executed version of the Project Agreement publicly available on the City’s website within 60 days following the completion of the Preferred
Proponent’s financing in connection with the Project.”

Proponent’s financing in connection with the Project was completed February 4, 2016, therefore the 60 day period is April 4, 2016. Section 21.7 of the Project Agreement provides that, excepting only any information that may be exempt from disclosure pursuant to Applicable Law, the City may disclose the Project Agreement to the public. The 60 day period referred to in the resolution was to allow Partners to identify information it feels is protected under the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (RTIPPA) (the Applicable Law), and for the City to review this information against the stated exceptions under RTIPPA.
Over the past number of weeks, Partners and the City have worked together to identify the information that is personal, confidential or proprietary in nature (and therefore protected against public disclosure under RTIPPA), and have produced a redacted version of the Project Agreement, which maintains the confidentiality of the information protected under RTIPPA.
The redacted version of the Project Agreement, the consolidated version of the RFP (which incorporates all Addenda issued during the RFP Open Period) and the Post financial close value for money report are posted to the right under the “Resources” section.

February 8, 2016

Proclamation Signals Start of Design and Construction Phase of SCDWP.


November 6, 2015

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

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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.  This is the reason for the Safe, Clean Drinking Water Project (SCDWP).

The City is partnering with P3 Canada and the Province of New Brunswick to deliver the SCDWP.  A water treatment facility will be built on a green field site and a number of projects will be completed to enhance the water distribution system.

SCDWP Objectives include:

  1. Good, quality water meeting all relevant water criteria and guidelines
  2. Deficiencies in the current water supply system are corrected
  3. An adequate supply of water is available for consumer-use and fire   protection during and following the project completion
  4. Project is delivered at an affordable price
  5. Value for money is obtained
  6. A safe workplace be provided throughout the project
  7. Appropriate risks associated with the project are borne by Project Co.
  8. The project will be delivered in accordance with municipal, provincial and federal design, construction, operational and environmental standards
  9. Primary infrastructure satisfies the hand back requirements at the hand back date
Project Milestones

Execution of Project Agreement
January 2016
Financial Close
February 2016
West Side Milestone Completion Date
End of 2017
Expected Substantial Completion Date
End of 2018


Learn more about Saint John Water

Saint John Water Annual Reports

Resources Icon Resources

Weekly Construction Update
SCDWP June 21, 2019

Traffic Advisories

SCDWP Fact Sheet 
Port City Water Partners/Acciona

Background Documents

SCDW_Economic and Industrial Benefits

Request for Proposal

Value for Money

Project Agreement
SCDWP Project Agreement

2016-04-04 Report to

Common Council (see page 382)


2015-11-06 Special Meeting of Common Council - Approval of Preferred Proponent and Project Agreement


West Side Groundwater Supply (2013)


Rock Probing and Surveying 2013-14

Drinking Water Treatment Process 



Project Inquiries:
Saint John Customer Service
(506) 658-4455




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