South Queens plant to provide clean water

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The long wait is over for residents of Liverpool and Brooklyn as the water treatment plant is scheduled to be up and running between April 1 and April 4.

“It is being commissioned as we speak,” said Region of Queens Municipality Engineering and Works Director, Brad Rowter. “The commissioning has gone well without any difficulty and there’s no reasonable expectation as to why that date for the water treatment plant to come online will be extended past that.”

Work began on the water treatment plant in October 2006.

The plant along with lagoons and a concrete storage reservoir now sit on 15 acres of land on Lake Two Road near the Highway 103 overpass.

The project’s original cost was $6.75-million but the final cost was $7.2-million.

It cost a little extra for civic work such as rock excavation and soil removal, added Rowter.

The Region of Queens received two-thirds funding from the federal and provincial government, said Rowter. “At this time there’s no projection, there’s no anticipation that the water rates will increase to cover the cost of the plant,” he said. “Overall the project proceeded without any difficulty.”

As new water comes online, it will flush out dirt in the old lines. Rowter estimates it could take a few days to a few weeks to complete the flushing process. Discoloured water will be present during this time.

Rowter also notes water pressure will slightly increase.

He said Three C Contractors Limited did an excellent job. “We haven’t had any difficulty or issues with the building and the construction,” he declared. “They have been excellent to work with.”

Rowter would like residents to check the plumbing in their house, such as hot water heaters to ensure there are no leaks.

Geographic location: South Queens

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