Public Works Director Don Beatty.
By Christy Marsters
The Hants Journal
The Town of Windsor will flush out millions for a major project that’s already begun.
On Jan. 26, Town Council made a conditional approval to award the engineering firm Conestoga-Rovers & Associates project management for the design and construction of a new sewage treatment plant, pending good reference checks; at a contracted fee of about $173,000.
By the time this project is completed it’s been estimated to cost $6.6 million that will be cost shared by the federal, provincial and municipal governments, which means a total of $2.2 million is expected to be paid by The Town of Windsor.
Public Works Director Don Beatty noted about half of the town’s waste water is now treated, in the newer section of town, by a sewage treatment facility that’s located at the end of Centennial Drive.
However, the other half of the town’s sewage is basically being thrown into the Avon River estuary untreated, Beatty said. “This new sewage treatment plant will improve the environment … people do not want to think they’re contributing to pollution and this new plant will ensure their sewage is being treated in a responsible manner.”
The next step in this project will be for a project manager to look at possible designs, which will help to determine a size and location for the new plant, Beatty added. “All design plans could take 5-6 months to complete … if we start right away, this project could be completed in March of 2012 roughly.”
Mayor Paul Beazley said now untreated wastewater is going into the Avon River, but the days of iffy environment practices are over. “I think it’s real important for people to understand this is a project that needs to be done.”
This puts a burden on the town but if it is not done now it will become a government mandate to ensure all wastewater is treated before it’s sent along, Beazley said, “and we’ll have to do it … right now, having two thirds funded is a key for doing this now.”
This is a big project for a town this size, Beazley added. “I can’t say what will happen to rates - if tenders are higher we’ll have to deal with it - but we’ll do the best we can to keep within the budget.”