The Township of Centre Wellington, Ontario celebrated the grand opening of the Elora wastewater treatment plant (EWWTP) and the Clyde Street sewage pumping station (SPS) on May 19.

In 2012, the township began the construction phase to upgrade and expand the two projects. Funding for the project was provided by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities through a grant of $1 million.

The Clyde Street SPS pumps all of the sewage generated by the Elora and Salem urban centre to the wastewater treatment plant. The upgrades that took place over the past three years include the replacement of the raw sewage pumps to increase the peak flow capacity by 53 per cent to 173 litres per second, which will improve operational efficiency. Additionally, the SPS wet well was reconfigured to virtually remove the need for operators to enter the wet well for routine maintenance.

“Council and I are excited for the new EWWTP to be completed with all of the latest technologies in waste water filtration,” said Mayor Kelly Linton.

The plant’s average day flow capacity has increased from 3,066 cubic metres a day to 5,000 cubic metres a day to permit continued growth in the community. The facility now boasts filtration and ultra-violet light disinfection which will substantially improve the quality of the treated effluent discharge to the Grand River while removing the use of chlorine entirely.

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