Blenheim Wastewater Treatment Plant receiving $450,000 upgrade to reduce Great Lakes phosphorus

Photo: Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission

The Blenheim Wastewater Treatment Plant will be receiving a $450,000 upgrade to the treatment process aimed at helping reduce the amount of phosphorus entering the Great Lakes, announced municipal officials.

The plant located at 19819 Lagoon Rd, will be undergoing upgrades to the chemical treatment system and headworks system. The Blenheim Wastewater Treatment Plant was last upgraded in 1997. The engineering firm CH2M Hill Canada has been retained to design the system improvements.

Tim Sunderland, General Manager of Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission said this project involves upgrading the headworks and chemical feed systems to improve facility operations and to obtain further phosphorus reductions within the treatment system.

Construction is anticipated to begin in October 2017 with an expected completion date of July 2018.

Sunderland said CK PUC is looking at ways to help with the reduction of phosphorus in the Great Lakes. This project will improve facility operations with better chemical dosage control that will help with further phosphorus reductions.

The wastewater facility currently meets requirements, but with these upgrades the facility will have further reductions of phosphorus in the sewage effluent.

The 2016 Federal Budget established a Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) for immediate improvements to water and wastewater infrastructure. The Federal Government’s contribution is 50% of the eligible project costs, with the Province contributing 25% and the remaining 25% to be met by CK PUC. This project is 1 of 12 such projects throughout the Municipality that fits the CWWF requirements. Of the $9.2 M in total project costs, the Federal/Provincial contribution is $6.9 M.

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