The Regional Municipality of Durham, Ont. today hosted the official opening of its new Courtice Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP).According to Durham regional chair Roger Anderson, the plant, located at 100 Osbourne Rd. in the Municipality of Clarington is the largest project ever undertaken in the region.

The Courtice WPCP project involved the construction of the main wastewater treatment plant, effluent outfall, Harmony Creek Sanitary Sewage Pumping Station, and the conveyance system. Its role within Durham’s long-range wastewater treatment strategy is to replace the older Plant No. 1 at the Harmony Creek WPCP in Oshawa with wastewater flow that will be diverted to the Courtice WPCP. Overall, this system improves efficiency of sewage treatment in Durham Region.

The project was launched in July 2005. Phase one of the Courtice WPCP has the capacity to treat 68,200 cubic metres of sewage daily and will provide wastewater treatment for more than 150,000 people who live and work in Oshawa and Courtice. The plant will also eventually service urban areas in the Town of Whitby.

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