The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) will allow an upgrade to water infrastructure at Prince Edward Island’s aerospace and manufacturing business park.

A growing client base and the demands of a global industry mean Slemon Park must update its decades-old infrastructure. The investments from the CWWF are allowing and the aerospace hub to meet modern water handling requirements. In the past, Slemon Park has been a flight school and a Canadian Forces air base, and now it is the heart of P.E.I.’s half-billion dollar a year aerospace and manufacturing industries.

“Most of Slemon Park’s underground wastewater collection system was installed prior to—and during—World War II,” said David Anderson, vice-president of property management for the Slemon Park Corporation.

That system consisted of a mix of clay and concrete pipes along with brick and cast concrete manholes that, if they failed, would threaten both the environment and the water system at Slemon Park.

“Replacement of these lines is strategic for Slemon Park to ensure the reliability of service both for existing and new companies, as well as protecting the environmental health of the area,” Anderson said.

The Slemon Park water system is subject to heavy demands. More than 1,000 people work at the various businesses in Slemon Park, while 700 people live in the former housing facilities of CFB Summerside.

The work happening at Slemon Park includes three distinct projects: a sewage lift station and sewage line replacements on Aerospace Boulevard and on Larchwood Drive. The projects will cost nearly $1.2 million.

Work is expected to be completed this month.

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Cover image courtesy of Slemon Park Corporation.

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