Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Town of Erin Council has pre-qualified five contractors to submit the final tender bid for the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant. This is the second attempt to hire a contractor to build the plant.
Council previously signed two separate contracts totalling $2.5 million with WSP Canada Group Ltd. for the design and engineering of the project.
In August, three contractors were pre-qualified to bid on the construction project, but none submitted bids.
“This is one of the largest infrastructure project being undertaken by the town. The wastewater plant adheres to some of the most stringent regulations and we have to ensure that it’s done properly and in keeping with all requirements of the approved environment assessment. We are looking forward to moving this project forward.,” said Mayor Allan Alls.
“We are aiming to build a modern and a technically advanced wastewater treatment facility. This tender has many strict requirements and in order to adhere to all specifications we have to evaluate every bid carefully. The process is not easy and time-consuming and we are happy to be able to move on to the next stage of the construction process,” said Nick Colucci, director of infrastructure services.
In August the town secured $94,336,529 in infrastructure financing agreements with the development community for the construction of the Water Resource Recovery Facility.
“This is a big win for the community. Staff has been working hard to secure these agreements that will help ease the burden, of the costs of building our wastewater treatment plant, on our taxpayers,” Alls said in August.
“As promised, developers are paying for the costs associated with the building the wastewater treatment plant and main trunk lines, as well as an additional $7,000 per new single detached unit in Erin and $10,000 per new single detached unit in Hillsburgh, in order to help reduce overall costs to current residents.”
The wastewater project has gone through a very thorough environmental assessment and has been
According to WSP, the technical consultant firm, the plant will adhere to one of the strictest effluent requirements in North America.
The full build out of the plant will occur in stages over many years up until 2040.