Town agrees to accept waste from Mono development

October 8, 2014   ·   0 Comments

Orangeville Council has agreed to temporarily accept sewage from a new development in Mono at the town’s water pollution control plant.

At its recent meeting, Council passed bylaw authorizing the Mayor and Clerk to sign an agreement with Brookfield Homes to temporarily accept raw sewage from the Fieldstone Residential Community Development in Mono.

Fieldstone is a new residential development being constructed north of Highway 9 and east of First Line EHS in Mono. Homes are currently under construction for the first phase of the development, with the first closings expected to occur on Nov. 1.

Sewage from the homes in Fieldstone will eventually be discharged into a sewer system that will carry it to a package wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) which is currently being constructed to service the development. The developer anticipates that the WWTP will be commissioned in mid-December, about six weeks after the first residents are scheduled to move in. For that reason, the agent for Brookfield, contacted the public works department at the Town to discuss the possibility of hauling sewage from Fieldstone to the Town of Orangeville Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP).

The daily volumes of sewage anticipated from Fieldstone range from 15 m3/day in the first week of November to 63 m3/day by mid-December. The rated capacity of the WPCP is 14,400 m 3/day.

The average daily flow to the WPCP for the first eight months of 2014 is 11,702 m3/day; thus there is sufficient excess capacity at the WPCP to accommodate the sewage from Fieldstone. Staff does not anticipate any challenges with accepting small quantities of sewage from Fieldstone for the six week period, explained Public Works Director Douglas Jones.

By agreeing to this arrangement, the Town provides assistance and will generate revenue, he added. The agreement specifies a time frame for use of the facility – Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014 – and outlines the compensation that the Town will receive from Brookfield. The agreement requires Brookfield to pay the Town $10/m3 for the sewage hauled from Fieldstone to the WPCP.

While the actual volume of sewage hauled may differ from that specified in the WSP letter, at the volumes specified in the letter the Town will receive $16,380 in revenue. It costs the town $1/m3 to treat the waste which means a significant profit for the Town.

The agreement also includes a clause stating that Orangeville may terminate the agreement at any time if there is an adverse impact on the WPCP.

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