Ontario Construction News staff writer
Engineering design is completed and construction will begin at St. Paul Pumping Station in Windsor in a few months, the mayor announced in a master plan update last week.
In the fall of 2017, an eight-point plan to address flooding in the city was released with the following goals:
- Making downspout disconnections mandatory city-wide.
- Funding 100 per cent of the cost of backflow valves and sump pumps.
- Completing the partly finished Riverside Drive Vista road and sewer project between St. Rose Avenue and Ford Boulevard
- Investigating whether to include the disconnection of weeping tiles from sanitary sewers to the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy program.
- Investigating adding sewage ejection pumps to the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy program.
- Working with the Town of Tecumseh to immediately review development policies to ensure new subdivisions don’t make the flooding threat worse.
- Urging the Ontario government to expand its Disaster Recovery Assistance Program to include homeowners who suffered significant flooding from sewer backup, and create a flood insurance plan, to help the many Windsor residents who have been refused private flood insurance or offered insurance with inadequate coverage.
- Accelerating the Sewer Master Plan, which was finalized in late 2020.
The Sewer Master Plan was created to set standards for the operation of the sewer systems and identify specific improvement projects that can be undertaken to both improve efficiency and reduce the risk of flooding caused by precipitation.
As part of the approved $5 billion Sewer Master Plan, $80 million has been allocated cross 36 sewer construction projects throughout the City of Windsor. The total sewer length of all these projects will be almost 30 kilometres.