The governments of Canada and Ontario came together in Halton Region this week to celebrate the opening of the Halton Region’s Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Karina Gould, MP for Burlington, the Hon. Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and MPP for Burlington, and Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair were there to mark the occasion.
Upgrades and the expansion of the plant included the addition of a new sand filtration process, provided by Anthratech Western Inc., which will provide a tertiary level of treatment to deal with future flows as well as wet weather flows.
The upgrades will improve the wastewater that is discharged to Hamilton Harbour, for which there are strict standards, as this has been identified as an Area of Concern, under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The plant’s capacity has been expanded from 118 to 140 megaliters per day. This increased capacity will meet the region’s requirements for growth today and in the future.
A new laboratory and regional operations facility was also constructed to facilitate plant operations and monitor water quality.
The governments of Canada and Ontario have each contributed $51.5 million towards this project. The Regional Municipality of Halton is responsible for the remainder of the project costs.
The project is funded by the Government of Canada under the Green Infrastructure Fund.
Gould said, “The Government of Canada recognizes that investing in infrastructure is essential to strengthening the middle class and providing municipalities with the building blocks they need to support a high standard of living for all Canadians and their families.”
Gould added, “The upgrades and expansion to the Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant are vital for building a sustainable community and maintaining water quality as the population in the Halton Region continues to grow.”