Wallaceburg Water Treatment Servicing Study

Overview

The Wallaceburg Water Treatment Plant (WTP), the raw water intake and the low-lift pump station (LLPS) equipment and structures have reached the end of their life expectancy and require frequent repairs and replacement. The Wallaceburg Water Servicing Schedule “C” Class Environmental Assessment (EA) will develop a preferred solution for the Wallaceburg WTP and raw water intake/LLPS that will provide for current and future water demands of the Wallaceburg Drinking Water System (DWS). The evaluation will also consider the potential for future greenhouse development on Base Line between Wallaceburg and Dresden. Additionally, this EA presents an opportunity to examine the

Overview

The Wallaceburg Water Treatment Plant (WTP), the raw water intake and the low-lift pump station (LLPS) equipment and structures have reached the end of their life expectancy and require frequent repairs and replacement. The Wallaceburg Water Servicing Schedule “C” Class Environmental Assessment (EA) will develop a preferred solution for the Wallaceburg WTP and raw water intake/LLPS that will provide for current and future water demands of the Wallaceburg Drinking Water System (DWS). The evaluation will also consider the potential for future greenhouse development on Base Line between Wallaceburg and Dresden. Additionally, this EA presents an opportunity to examine the alternatives for a water transmission main to meet the water supply demand in a new pressure zone of the Dresden Water Distribution System, which is currently supplied by the Chatham WTP.

Rather than develop a single set of alternative solutions, the project team has broken the alternative solution development into three interdependent components:

  • Water Supply – relating to the volume of water required for various future supply scenarios based on the future water demand projections
  • Raw Water Supply – relating to the future location of the LLPS and intake. In addition to the existing location, two locations upstream of the existing LLPS are being considered. The size of the LLPS and intake will be determined through evaluation of the water supply alternatives.
  • Water Transmission – relating to the alignment of the proposed transmission main between Wallaceburg and Dresden.

PIC #1, which was held virtually from October 14th to November 27th, presented the alternative solution development and evaluation for Water Supply. Following a review of public input, Alternative 2a: Build a new Wallaceburg WTP with a rated capacity of 28 million litres per day (ML/d) to supply Wallaceburg, Dresden and potential future greenhouses on Base Line was confirmed as the preferred solution.

PIC #2 presents the alternative solution development and evaluation for Raw Water Supply and Water Transmission.

Raw Water Supply

For the new Wallaceburg WTP to produce 28 ML/d of treated water, the LLPS and intake should be able to supply 34 ML/d of raw water to account for process wastage and in-plant uses. Currently, the LLPS and intake are only capable of supplying 24 ML/d to the Wallaceburg WTP, and it is not feasible to increase the capacity of the existing LLPS without significant interruption to normal water production. Therefore, a new LLPS and intake must be constructed. This also presents an opportunity to relocate the LLPS and intake further upstream on the Chenal Écarte, where the raw water quality will not be impacted as severely by storm events.

For each alternative, a new LLPS and intake with a rated capacity of 34 ML/d and a new raw watermain would be constructed. The alternative solutions were compared to the baseline “do nothing” alternative, which is to continue maintaining the existing LLPS and intake. Three alternative locations, or alternative solutions, were identified by surveying the area based on technical feasibility. The alternative locations are presented in the panels for PIC #2:

  • Alternative 1: Construct a new LLPS and intake at the existing site (6399 Seys Line) with a new twinned raw watermain to the Wallaceburg WTP
  • Alternative 2: Construct a new LLPS and intake at the first upstream location with a new twinned raw watermain to the Wallaceburg WTP
  • Alternative 3: Construct a new LLPS and intake at the second upstream location with a new twinned raw watermain to the Wallaceburg WTP

A comprehensive evaluation was completed for the raw water supply alternatives based on their impacts to the natural environment, social/cultural environment, technical environment, and economic environment, as well as through consultation with the landowners. Alternative 2: Construct a new LLPS and intake at the first upstream location was selected as the preliminary preferred solution.

Water Transmission

With the preferred solution for water supply, the new Wallaceburg WTP will supply water to Dresden and potential future greenhouses along Base Line. The future maximum day water demand for Dresden and potential future greenhouses along Base Line is 17.4 ML/d. The existing water transmission main is only capable of conveying approximately 4 ML/d, so a new, larger water transmission main is required.

Three alternative solutions were developed for water transmission, based on the alignment of the new water transmission main between Wallaceburg and Dresden. These alternative solutions were evaluated against the baseline “do nothing” alternative of pumping 17.4 ML/d through the existing water transmission main, which is not feasible:

  • Alternative 1: Construct a new water transmission main along Base Line between Wallaceburg and Dresden
  • Alternative 2: Construct a new water transmission main along McCreary Line between Wallaceburg and Dresden
  • Alternative 3: Construct a new water transmission main along Border Road, Elbow Line and Base Line between Wallaceburg and Dresden

A comprehensive evaluation was completed for the water transmission alternatives based on their impacts to the natural environment, social/cultural environment, technical environment, and economic environment. Alternative 3: Construct a new water transmission main along Border Road, Elbow Line and Base Line between Wallaceburg and Dresden was selected as the preliminary preferred solution.

Next Steps

The next steps of the Wallaceburg Water Treatment Servicing Class EA are to confirm the preferred solutions for raw water supply and water transmission, and to further develop and evaluate alternative design concepts for the preferred solutions, which will be presented at PIC #3 in Spring 2022. The preferred design concepts will form the basis for design and construction of the new Wallaceburg WTP, LLPS and intake and water transmission main between Wallaceburg and Dresden.


The Study

The Public Utilities Commission for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent (CK PUC) is conducting a study to identify and re-evaluate alternatives for the existing Wallaceburg Water Treatment Plant (WTP) to meet the current and future needs of the Community of Wallaceburg and neighbouring communities while also satisfying industrial demands. As a part of this study, aspects of the water supply infrastructure will be evaluated, including the following:

  • A potential new Wallaceburg WTP
  • Alternatives for a new raw water intake and a new low-lift pumping station for the Wallaceburg WTP
  • Water availability at Chenal Ecarte to meet an increase in the forecast future water demand
  • Water supply to the Dresden Water Distribution System (WDS), a potentially new independent pressure zone
  • Water supply to support potential greenhouse development in the service area
  • A review of the interconnection from the Lambton Area Water Supply System to the Wallaceburg WDS

The Wallaceburg WTP is a critical component within the Wallaceburg Water Supply System that is reaching the end of its life expectancy and is known to be susceptible to failures requiring frequent repairs and replacement. In addition to the anticipated needs for a resilient water supply, there is also a forecast of increased water demand for industrial growth, expanded service area, and development of greenhouse.

To identify the preferred solution(s) for water supply to meet future demands, the CK PUC will evaluate and identify potential alternatives for water supply and design preferred long-term solutions to revitalize and renew the Wallaceburg WTP to reliably meet current water quality regulations and system safeguards.

The Process

The assessment is being carried out in accordance with the planning and design process for “Schedule C” projects under the Environmental Assessment Act as outlined in the Municipal Engineers Association’s Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document (2000, as amended in 2007, 2011, and 2015).

Public input and comments are encouraged throughout the study. The Project Team will consult with the public and review agencies throughout the Class Environmental Assessment study. Public Information Centres (PICs) will be held to provide information on the study progress and to facilitate your input. We will publish invitation notices to the PICs in local newspapers and on the Municipality’s website www.ckpuc.ca and will distribute the notices to those individuals expressing an interest in this project. Because of restrictions under COVID-19, PICs may be held in a virtual format In advance of the scheduled time for the PICs, the required format for the PIC will be assessed, and appropriate information will be provided to the public through the Notice of PIC.

Public Consultation and Notices

Public Notices will be issued throughout the course of the study to notify stakeholders and the public of the project status, the Public Information Centre (PIC), and to invite the feedback.

  • First Notice of Commencement: August 11, 2020
  • Second Notice of Commencement: March 09, 2021
  • Notice of Public Information Centre #1: October 14, 2021
  • Notice of Public Information Centre #2: January 17, 2022

All personal information included in a submission, such as name, address, telephone number, and property location, is collected, maintained, and disclosed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks for the purpose of transparency and consultation. The information is collected under the authority of the Environmental Assessment Act or is collected and maintained for the purpose of creating a record that is available to the general public as described in Section 37 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Personal information you submit will become part of a public record that is available to the general public unless you request that your personal information remain confidential. For more information, please contact the Project Officer or the Ministry of the Environment’s Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator at 416-819-5148.

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Douglas Babbitt 9 days ago

it is time,...time to upgrade Wallaceburg's water system....Not to connect to Lake Eire but to build on to what we have...a new pipe line and larger building to have for the expansion of our water system...it's about time...

paul 2 months ago

Number 2 with the increased capacity sounds good.
Perhaps raw water pumping to a separate future Dresden Plant?
Cross connects to Lambton for emergency...
Walpole potential ...not sure how the island is serviced?

Roger Hazzard 2 months ago

#2 appears to be the best option. Wallaceburg and surrounding area has great potential to grow!

Jimmy 2 months ago

Alternate 2 is the best expanding water supply to other areas is good for Wallaceburg ,

Bela 3 months ago

please include the expansion on the treatment plant so waterlines can be installed through out North Kent to the people that had water contamination from wind turbines and possible green house expansion.Lake erie swill is not #1 choice for consumpion or expansion into rual area.

dennis owen 3 months ago

It’s time wallaceburg gets money put back into our town and not giving it away to Chatham…. It’s our time to stop having things lipsticked and halfass fixed… it’s time we get some new infrastructure and better roads and spending the money to get everything put back together. Isn’t that what our hard earned tax dollars pay for??? What’s the point in paying taxes if it doesn’t even go to our town…..

CassiemarieNewns 3 months ago

New for Wallaceburg
only. Update for future green house and new industry if they know it is coming. What is In the near future. Built it and hope they will come?

dwayne hyatt 3 months ago

New WTP

Randy 3 months ago

Why are you wasting more money’s and time on yet another survey when a two year study was already done and approved for a 10 year project to rebuild

Scott Atkins 3 months ago

Stop putting bandaides on Wallaceburgs infrastructure. This plant has been sick for 20 years.

Michele Myers 3 months ago

Stop putting bandaides on Wallaceburgs infrustructure. Replace it. It has been sick for 20 years.

Michele Myers 3 months ago

Pull the water source from Walpole way, cleaner water

Brad Van Damme 3 months ago
Page last updated: 19 January 2022, 09:27