Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)

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The City's sanitary sewer collection system and Wastewater Treatment Plant was designed for, and now has, a contributing population of approximately 20,000 people. The collection system flows to the South Lift Station at the south end of the City and then flows to the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, approximately 1.5 km to the southeast.

With the existing facilities close to capacity, an expansion is required to accommodate the additional flows and loads. A contributing population approximately 30,000 people is currently forecast for around 2035. Additionally, our Alberta Environment and Protection (AEP) approval includes requirements for system upgrades to accommodate both the projected population growth and to achieve significantly increased treatment standards to reduce the impact on the receiving waters.

The proposed $42.2 million upgrades are intended to meet requirements for additional capacity and the need for higher treatment standards driven by regulations. This upgraded plant will provide cleaner water back into the watershed and give our community room to grow.

The City's sanitary sewer collection system and Wastewater Treatment Plant was designed for, and now has, a contributing population of approximately 20,000 people. The collection system flows to the South Lift Station at the south end of the City and then flows to the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, approximately 1.5 km to the southeast.

With the existing facilities close to capacity, an expansion is required to accommodate the additional flows and loads. A contributing population approximately 30,000 people is currently forecast for around 2035. Additionally, our Alberta Environment and Protection (AEP) approval includes requirements for system upgrades to accommodate both the projected population growth and to achieve significantly increased treatment standards to reduce the impact on the receiving waters.

The proposed $42.2 million upgrades are intended to meet requirements for additional capacity and the need for higher treatment standards driven by regulations. This upgraded plant will provide cleaner water back into the watershed and give our community room to grow.

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Explainer Video

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    Check out this explainer video which breaks down the whole Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade:

  • WWTP Project Update - July 2022

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    Summary of Upcoming Work

    Based on Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. (MRCL)’s latest work plan, the following is a summary of the main activities that will occur, as well as the anticipated timelines for each activity.


    At this time, Administration expects that all work related to the Landfill Clay Purchase project will be substantially complete by the fall of 2022. The WWTP upgrades are planned to be substantially complete by October 2023, with final cleanup of work being completed in the spring of 2024. This is unchanged from what was stated in prior updates.

    Current Financial Status of Projects

    The following is a summary of the approved budgets and current / projected spending for the WWTP project.


    The next planned Council update for this project will be in October 2022. Full details from this recent update to Council can be found in the July 18, 2022 Committee of the Whole Agenda.

  • WWTP Project Update - March 2022

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    Since starting their work in September 2021, Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. (MRCL)’s time has largely been focused in the following areas:

    1. Pumping upgrades
      • Installation of erosion protection along the east bank of Camrose Creek (needed to protect the existing and future emergency overflow ponds)
      • NOTE: Some of the City’s cross-country trails near the South Lift Station will be completely closed to the public between March and June 2022 in order to allow MRCL and their subcontractors to safely and efficiently complete their outside work near the SLS. The City has been in contact with the Camrose Ski Club regarding the planned trail closures, and MRCL will be erecting fences and signage to keep the public out of the area.
    2. Treatment upgrades
      • Mobilization of site trailers, equipment and some materials to site
      • Various earthworks activities near the site of the new treatment facilities (topsoil stripping, importing clay, initial site grading, etc.)
      • Installation of some of the yard piping around the future treatment facilities
      • Initial earthworks within existing treated wastewater storage Cell “E” to split out the east portion of this cell for a new aerated treatment lagoon (Cell “C2”)
      • On February 14/2022, MRCL started to excavate the foundation for the Process Building, which will house most of the new equipment related to the treatment processes (blowers, chemical storage / dosing equipment, filters, plus associated electrical and building mechanical equipment, as well as a new wastewater laboratory and staff areas).
    3. Storage upgrades, including landfill clay stockpile
      • Construction of temporary haul roads between treated wastewater storage Cell “I” and various other locations on the WWTP property, as well as to the Camrose Regional Sanitary Landfill.
      • Dewatering and removal of unsuitable material from within Cell “I”. Some of the unsuitable material was moved into a new stockpile location just west of the outdoor gun ranges (north of the landfill). This material will be made available to the Camrose Ski Club and to the Camrose Shooting Sports Association for improving safety features on their existing gun ranges (raising existing berms) or constructing new berms to expand their shooting operations.
      • Hauling of clay material from Cell “I” to the Camrose Regional Sanitary Landfill.

    This project is proceeding on time and on budget. The City has spent over $10,172,000 on the WWTP project to date. As well, the City – on behalf of the Camrose Regional Solid Waste Authority, of which the City is a member and acts as Administrator – has spent over $536,000 on the Landfill Clay Purchase project to date. Most of the remaining expenses for the landfill project will be spent in 2022, whereas the remaining WWTP project expenses will be realized between 2022 and 2024.

    Summary of Upcoming Work

    MRCL provides regular updates to the City regarding the upcoming work schedule. Based on MRCL’s current work plan, the following is a summary of the main activities that will be happening for the WWTP and landfill clay projects, as well as the anticipated timelines for each activity.

    1. Pumping upgrades
    • Construction of new emergency overflow storage cell – March to June 2022
    • Remaining improvements at / within South Lift Station – April 2022 to fall 2023
    1. Treatment upgrades
    • Expanding lagoon treatment capacity – January to November 2022, as well as April to August 2023
    • Addition of Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) tankage and related infrastructure – April 2022 to March 2023
    • Construction of Process Building – February 2022 to January 2023, including delivery & erection of pre-engineered steel building in June / July 2022.
    • Remaining site improvements – November 2022 to June 2023
    1. Storage upgrades, including landfill clay stockpile (project #1020)
    • Expanding the City’s treated wastewater storage capacity within Cell “I” – October 2021 (ongoing) to July 2022
    • Clay to landfill – October 2021 (ongoing) to July 2022
    1. Final landscaping, construction of parking lot and trail access, etc. – July 2022 to spring 2024

    At this time, the City expects that the WWTP upgrades will be substantially complete by October 2023, with final cleanup of work being completed in the spring of 2024. This is in line with the spending profile assumptions that were used in the amended 2021-2030 Capital Plan.

  • WWTP Project Update - September 2021

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    At the July 19 Regular Council meeting, City Council approved an amended budget for the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) project. The revised budget for this project is now $51.17M, which is the largest project ever undertaken by the City of Camrose. City Council also made a motion to negotiate a construction contract with the low bidder, Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. (MRCL).

    Following negotiations between late July and early September, on September 10th the City and MRCL finalized and signed the construction contract for the planned upgrades. The total value of the negotiated contract is approximately $43.37M. In addition to the contractor’s cost, the remaining budget will be used to cover existing design and tendering costs, as well as future costs for construction inspection and material testing, commissioning and post-construction engineering services, internal City costs, as well as an allowance to cover unforeseen changes that may arise during construction.

    During the week of Sept 13, Camrose started to see equipment moving onto the site. Over the course of the next few weeks, MRCL will be moving staff and equipment to Camrose to start work on the project. On Friday, Sept 24, the City is planning an official “sod turning” event to commemorate the start of this project. We are keeping the event small to allow for COVID prevention measures but we are excited to launch this major project.

    Construction on this project will begin immediately, and will continue for the next two years. Currently, the construction completion date is October 2023. Once construction is complete, the City will work with MRCL and the design engineer (Associated Engineering) to commission the upgraded WWTP processes.

    Citizens will be seeing a lot of construction activity over a large area, and at a number of distinct locations. A few of the key construction areas will include:

    1. Upgrades near the City’s main sewage pumping station (located in the Camrose Creek valley, at the west end of Township Road 464 (west of 50 Street)
      • Most of the construction activities in this area will be happening between September 2021 and May 2022. During part of this time (Sept to Dec 2021), the grass cross-country trails located south of the pump station will be closed to the public.
      • Once the trails are re-opened to the Camrose Ski Club and the general public, the contractor will continue work inside and immediately around the pump station building.
    2. In order for the contractor to access the main sewage pumping station and other areas of the project site, a portion of Township Road 464 (west of 50 Street) will see significant construction traffic.
      • As a result, temporary parking bans will be imposed along this section of the road, which is where people sometimes park to access the Camrose Creek trails. These parking bans may happen off and on throughout the duration of the project (Sept 2021 to Oct 2023).
    3. The main construction activities will be happening closer to the existing blower building located near the south end of 50 Street (just north of Township Road 463, which is the road that leads to the entrances of the outdoor shooting ranges and the Camrose Regional Landfill).
      • Construction in this area will be happening over the entire duration of the project (September 2021 to October 2023). During this time, the City does not anticipate any major disruptions to the public, although there will be significant construction traffic going in and out of the site at this location.
    4. As part of the project, the contractor will be deepening one of the existing treated wastewater storage lagoons. This is to provide additional storage capacity as the City continues to grow in the future.
      • Work on this area will happen between September 2021 and June 2022, and will proceed without any major impact to the public. However, these construction activities will impact the times when the outdoor shooting ranges can be used (biathlon, trap and skeet). The City has already been in contact with the Camrose Ski Club and the Camrose Shooting Sports Association to discuss the impact that this will have on their operations.
      • Material that is removed from the deepened storage lagoon will be used on a variety of locations around the WWTP project. Excess material will be stockpiled at the Camrose Regional Landfill for use on future landfill projects. Because of the hauling operations, a section of trail located between the landfill and the outdoor ranges will be closed to the public (the west extension of Township Road 463, west of Range Road 203).

    If residents have questions or concerns about the WWTP project, they should bring them to the attention of the City’s Engineering Services department.

  • WWTP Design Complete - Tendering Ongoing

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    Earlier this month, the City and its engineering consultant (Associated Engineering, AE) completed the detailed design for the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) project. The City now has design drawings and construction specifications for all components of this project.

    While the final design work was ongoing, in late February the City and AE started a 2-stage tendering process to select a General Contractor for this project. Stage 1 involved the City issuing a “Request for Pre-Qualifications” package on the public Alberta Purchasing Connection website. This gave companies an opportunity to let the City know who they are, and why they would be suitable for working on this project.

    After the submission deadline in late March, the City and AE reviewed the submitted proposals against a list of pre-determined criteria. These criteria were chosen to make sure that a prospective contractor would have experience working on the Camrose WWTP project, and that they would have the available resources and capacity to take on this project should they ultimately be selected by the City. This process also considered a company’s track record in dealing with health & safety and environmental issues, as well as the processes that each company uses to ensure quality workmanship for their projects.

    In the end, the City and AE narrowed down the list of potential contractors to a list of 4 pre-qualified contractors. In the next few days, the City will be sending the design drawings and specifications to these pre-qualified contractors to allow them to prepare and submit a bid for this work. Once the bids are received in late May, the City and AE will review the submitted bids prior to selecting a General Contractor for the Camrose WWTP project.

    During the course of the approximate 2-year construction, there may be need for the selected General Contractor to utilize Camrose and area businesses for materials and/or services. As the pre-qualified contractors are putting together their bids for this project, the City would ask any local businesses to contact these contractors directly to see if the local businesses can support them in any way.

    The list of pre-qualified contractors (as well as the location of the submitting office location) is as follows:

    • Aecon Water Infrastructure Inc. (Calgary, Alberta)
    • Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. (Mississauga, Ontario)
    • North America Construction (1993) Ltd. (Morriston, Ontario)
    • Graham Infrastructure LP (Calgary, Alberta)

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  • WWTP Receives Provincial Grant Funding

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    By Lori Larsen
    as seen in the Camrose Booster, July 7, 2020

    The City of Camrose Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) project recently received a $10.2 million grant from the Province of Alberta.

    Making the announcement on July 3 at the WWTP lagoon site, on behalf of the province, was Camrose MLA Jackie Lovely. “I’m honoured to announce a $10 million grant to the Camrose Waste Water Treatment Upgrade. These important treatment upgrades will ensure we meet regulations, allowing our city to have the infrastructure it needs to grow sustainably.

    “The Alberta Government has allocated $137 million to the Alberta/Municipal/Wastewater Partnership for 54 projects across this great province, including this one today. Alberta is facing one of the most challenging times in our history and this funding is part of Alberta’s economic recovery plan to get Albertans back to work and that’s why I’m pleased to announce this project. It will create 144 jobs in Camrose Constituency.”

    Photo op for receiving Provincial Grant Funding

    The project

    City of Camrose engineering manager Jeremy Enarson explained the ongoing process for the WWTP project.

    “Currently, the WWTP project is still in the detail design stage. We hope to finish the detail design part of the project by the end of August/early fall, but we are likely not tendering the project until around Christmas, near the end of the year.”

    Enarson explained that for larger projects such as the WWTP project, waiting to tender until the end of the year allows for the most competitive pricing by bidders.

    “Then construction would be happening 2020 to 2023, roughly two to two and-a-half years for the overall construction.”

    The WWTP project will cost approximately $43 million which is what the City has budgeted for and, according to Enarson, is still on track.

    Financing the project

    Financing projects this large with as little burden to taxpayers as possible is not an easy task, and has required the City to tap into as many resources as possible.

    “We had been in discussion with the province for a number of years already,” said Enarson. with regards to grant monies available through the provincial Alberta Municipal Waste Water Partnership (AMWWP). “It is not guaranteed funding, but a Waste Water Treatment Plant project, such as the one Camrose is currently in the process of, is specifically what the AMWWP grant is geared towards.”

    The WWTP project met all the criteria for the AMWWP when initial discussions took place, however, the approved funding from the government was not announced until this week. The City has also applied for the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan (ICIP) federal/provincial grant.

    “We are still waiting for word on that grant,” said Enarson. “It is significantly more dollars, potentially, so we are hoping to get that one.”

    In the meantime, receiving the $10.2 million AMWWP grant from the province will go a long way as leverage in the application for the federal grant.

    “The City has been building up our reserves as well, but we would still be looking at taking out a fairly large loan for the balance of the project. So if we can leverage the provincial funds to try to get the federal funds, then we might be able to do this project without borrowing any money at all.” He did note, however, that the application process for the ICIP grant has no guarantee.

    “The City is very thankful for the $10.2 million of funding received from the provincial government. It is in line with what we requested, so it is also in line with the City budget.”

    The ICIP grant requires a contribution by the federal and provincial governments and a certain amount of that the City is responsible to come up with whether that is through loans, current spending, reserves or all of the above.

    “If we are unsuccessful with the federal grant, at least we have the commitment from the province now, so we can proceed with the project and have a loan, but much less (approximately $10 million) than if we had not received the provincial funding.

    “The amount of money we are putting away in reserves every year is already more than what our annual payments would be on the loan. So even if we didn’t get any additional funding, the City would not have to increase the sanitary utility rates to pay off that loan.”

    Background

    The $43 million project may not have the same visible impact on residents as other major City projects, such as the 48 Avenue Bridge replacement or the Aquatic Centre upgrade, however, Enarson explained the two main reasons the upgrades must be completed.

    “The upgrades to the WWTP will ensure a higher level of treatment. Right now, we do not treat for ammonia and phosphorus. This project will allow us to start treating for the removal of ammonia and phosphorus from our waste water which will have an ultimate benefit for the downstream environment.

    “The other aspect of this is we have basically reached the capacity of our existing facility, about a 20,000 population. The project we are doing right now is being designed to allow for a 30,000 population, so it is allowing for the growth of the community.”

    Presentation

    Present for the announcement on July 3 were Camrose MLA Jackie Lovely and assistant Wendy Pasiuk, City of Camrose Councillors Max Lindstrand and Wayne Throndson, City of Camrose engineering manager Jeremy Enarson, utility manager Lawrence Allen, and engineering Co-op student Mackenzie Pleau, Battle River Watershed Alliance planning coordinator Sarah Skinner and Deputy Mayor Agnes Hoveland.

    “This investment in Camrose could not have happened at a better time,” said Deputy Mayor Hoveland. “Due to changing environmental regulations, we are faced with a $43 million Waste Water Treatment Plant upgrade that is an absolute requirement. This $10.2 million investment by the Province of Alberta will go a long way toward funding this essential project. The City of Camrose is hoping to leverage these funds in order to secure further funding from the Federal government.

    “We truly appreciate the Province’s investment in our infrastructure assisting in ensuring the continued delivery of this essential service. Thank you.”

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