Erin’s wastewater treatment plant receives zero bids

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

After confirming three pre-qualified contractors for a wastewater treatment plant water resource recovery facility, a report to Erin council says there were no bidders for the project.

Bennett Mechanical Installations, Kenaidan Contracting Ltd. and Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. were pre-qualified for the tender that was posted electronically on June 16 and closed Aug. 19 after being extended two times.

“Staff and the consulting team will be arranging meetings with the bidders to establish the reasons for not submitting bids prior to the deadline,” Nick Colucci, director of infrastructure services, states in a report to council.

“Subsequent to these meetings staff and the consulting team will determine the next steps to re-post the tender, revising the tender documents to incorporate the answers to the 524 questions received during the tender period.”

The Town of Erin is undertaking a project to build a wastewater treatment plant to service the Village of Erin and Hillsburgh. Working with the Credit Valley Conservation authority (CVC) and the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) it was determined that a new system is the best path forward to keep the community thriving now, and for generations to come.

Erin currently relies on aging septic tanks and systems that are outdated when compared to systems in other towns across Ontario. Once the tanks begin to fail – which is happening in our case – it can be harmful to the environment.

The new system will carry all wastewater flows to a single wastewater treatment plant. It will support the needs of the community by removing the reliance on the existing septic systems while creating new opportunities for measured growth within the Town over the next two decades.

The town has previously awarded the $1.5 million design contract and the $1 million engineering contract for the WWTP to WSP Canada Group.

The construction project is expected to cost about $126 million.



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