SCUGOG: The Nonquon River will become a little bit cleaner in the near future, with the approval of a site plan for the expansion of a new water pollution control plant on Scugog's 8th Line.
On Monday, April 28, Scugog Township councillors approved a site plan submitted by C2HMHill in February of this year. The new plant will update and replace the older lagoon based plant, constructed by the Region of Durham in 1971 – which is rout with issues of capacity and treated water quality.
"The existing plant cannot meet current growth or capacity projections," said Mr. Paul Sauder, Operations Leader at the Toronto-based CH2MHill construction firm. "Three industrial buildings will be built on the site, totaling 825 square metres, and will service Scugog's waste water with UV treatment, an activated sludge system, and tertiary filtration."
The modern processes and tanks will use current oxidization methods to remove harmful contaminants from Scugog's storm and waste water, and will increase treatment capacity by roughly fifty per cent - from 3,970 cubic metres per day to 5,900 cubic metres per day.
Looking forward, the new water plant site has been planned to allow for expansion in coming years, if need be. Current projections will make the plant viable for well-over twenty years, according to C2HMHill and the Region of Durham.
Scugog councillors brought up the issue of road use by trucks and construction equipment, citing current traffic issues in the area and the displeasure voiced by many Scugog residents regarding the Greenbank Airways site. Further complicating the problem, a bridge on Scugog Line 8 has been closed since August of 2013.
"With the bridge out, our traffic plan has only two routes to the site," said Mr. Sauder. "The options are either Simcoe St., or Old Simcoe Rd., neither of which are ideal. We would prefer to take Simcoe St., as traffic will only involve construction trucks and will fluctuate depending on the stage of construction."
Councillor Ward 5 Howard Danson expressed his concern for the traffic plan, stating "The corner of Simcoe St. and Line 8 is dangerous at the best of times, and I am concerned about trucks going through downtown Port Perry. It may be fine now, but in the winter we might have some issues."
Don Gordon, Scugog's Director of Community Services, addressed Councillor Danson's concerns, explaining that his concerns will be taken under consideration, and that Simcoe St. was in fact the safer option – according to the Township's assessment.
"Everyone breathing air in the Township knows my position and the importance of this project," said Mayor Chuck Mercier. "This community has been without proper [waste water] capacity since 1999, and we're going to fix that."
Mr. Sauder expects that a project of this size is schedule for a twenty two month completion date, including deficiencies and problems arising during construction.