BLAKE WOLFE The Standard
SCUGOG: Work on two major water projects in Scugog Township are moving ahead.
According to Rich Tindall, Manager of Engineering Planning and Studies with the Durham Region Public Works department, test wells drilled in anticipation of a new municipal well, planned for a tract of land along Shirley Rd. in the township’s southern end, have been installed and samples collected to assess the viability of the water source. Analysis of the samples will take place over the winter, he added.
"The Region has completed the installation of the exploratory wells in the Shirley Rd. area," said Mr. Tindall, "and we are currently undertaking field testing that will allow us to determine the local water quality and the available quantity. We will need to assess the test results over the winter to better clarify whether the Shirley Rd. area is suitable for the development of a municipal well supply."
In addition to the new well, plans for the Port Perry wastewater plant upgrade are progressing, after an environmental assessment for the project was approved by the Ministry of the Environment in November.
At a meeting of the Port Perry Secondary Plan Steering Committee held in early November, Mr. Tindall provided the committee with an update on the project, which will be tendered for construction in mid-2014 and completed in 2016, according to the minutes of the presentation.
Mr. Tindall’s presentation also outlined the requirement for new pumping stations to service the Castle Harbour neighbourhood as well as the employment lands in Port Perry’s west end.
A pumping station on Water St. will be included in an asset evaluation study, he noted, as the station lies on lands that may be redeveloped as part of the ongoing waterfront revitalization.
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