As promised, this morning brought news of federal and provincial funding for major upgrades for Hamilton, Ontario’s Woodward Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant, citing a host of benefits including improving water quality in the Hamilton Harbour.
John Baird, Canada’s Transport and Infrastructure Minister, and Brad Duguid, Ontario’s Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, along with Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger, made the announcement this morning.
“By making this investment in Hamilton’s wastewater treatment capacity, the City, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada are taking the lead in protecting our water, remediating our Harbour, and ensuring Hamilton’s sustainable growth,” said Mayor Eisenberger.
Upgrades to the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant include increasing the level of wastewater treatment; a new chlorine contact tank; new tertiary effluent outfall and upgrades to the Red Hill Creek, such as widening the creek to accommodate increased flows and works to mitigate erosion; and upgrades to the power supply, electrical distribution system and standby power.
The total cost for this project is estimated to be approximately $456 million. Canada and Ontario are contributing a joint investment of $200 million through the Green Infrastructure Fund. The City of Hamilton will provide the balance of funding.