SCUGOG: The Regional Municipality of Durham’s Works Department officially opened the new Nonquon Water Pollution Control Plant in Port Perry, at a ceremony on Thursday, June 15th.
According to a press release, the new plant, located at 1730 Scugog Line 8, has a rated annual average day flow of 5,900 cubic metres per day. The previous treatment system had a capacity of 3,870 cubic metres per day.
“There [are] about 2,000 people in town on septic systems. When we designed the new plant, we designed it to take everybody. The 8,000 that were on municipal servicing still are, plus the ability to convert all of the septics to municipal servicing [was provided for] and then on top of that the growth that is forecasted,” Rich Tindall, Manager of Engineering Planning and Studies, said. “There is a lot of capacity, a lot of opportunity. Over and above all of that, we also designed for the employment area, north of Walmart, west of Cawkers Creek.”
Regional Chair Roger Anderson said this is an exciting announcement for Scugog.
“Large capital projects like this one are a journey with many steps. It took some time and consultation to confirm the best technical solution at this site and then complete the environmental assessment,” he said. “The Region has invested almost $30 million in the design, construction and commissioning of this plant. With this facility expansion, treatment capacity has been increased by 50 per cent, to support the forecast urban growth plan within Port Perry. We can also accommodate many sites in town that are currently serviced by septic systems.”
Scugog Mayor Tom Rowett said this announcement is something residents and members of council have been waiting for for a long time.
“This expansion will provide: wastewater servicing, for more than 1700 new residents in Port Perry; as well as the opportunity for existing homes, such as in Prince Albert, ...to opt into sewer servicing, who are currently on septic,” he said. “Development Services staff are now issuing building permits for many development applications in our system that have been waiting a long time for approval. We are welcoming the growth in our community.”
According to the Region’s press release, during the process natural environmental studies were conducted. Some of the environmental measures the Region took included the replanting of butter-nut trees in the area and the protection of migratory birds. The release goes on to state the new plant uses the “latest wastewater treatment technologies”, including ultra-violet disinfection systems and continuous backwash deep bed filters.