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Wastewater Pumping Station Master Plan


Project Completed in 2012


Lead - R.V. Anderson Associates Limited
Sub - Kidd Consulting, LGL and ASI


The purpose of the study was to prepare a comprehensive plan for asset renewal which considers future needs and infrastructure optimization for the wastewater pumping stations within the drainage areas of the Burlington Skyway, Oakville Southwest and Oakville Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plants.

Study Process:

This study was carried out as a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Master Plan and followed Approach #1 from the MEA Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (October 2000, as amended in 2007 and 2011). An Approach #1 Environmental Assessment Master Plan process follows a broad level of assessment. As such, this Master Plan will be the basis for and used in support of more detailed studies to identify the specific projects in order to fulfill the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment requirements.

The Master Plan identified and evaluated a range of alternative solutions and, at a broad level, recommended a preferred pumping station management strategy. The Master Plan took into account public and agency comments including comments made at each of four Public Information Centres held in Burlington and in Oakville in spring 2010.


In recent years the Region identified the need to upgrade a number of the pumping stations included in the study area to address one or more of the following issues:

  1. Normal aging and deterioration processes in the context of lifecycle management (i.e. sustainability) of these facilities.
  2. Hydraulic capacity impacted by current needs and future growth demands defined in the Region’s “Sustainable Halton” program designed to respond to the provincial “Places to Grow” legislation.
  3. Operations and maintenance management issues with these pumping stations.

While condition and capacity deficiencies defined many of the works to be undertaken with respect to each individual station, the long term efficiency and effectiveness of wastewater conveyance raised the question of rationalizing this network of 59 pumping stations as a broader management consideration. These issues were central to the Region’s decision to proceed with a pumping station “master plan” for this area.

Key Recommendations:

The preferred pumping station management strategy is:

"... to eliminate as many pumping stations as possible where there are net positive benefits (either financial, social, environmental or operational) while also noting that the timing for replacement or elimination of each pumping station will be dependent on a number of factors; e.g. sequencing of the installation of proposed trunk sewer tunnels, age / condition, capacity, financial viability and other factors".

It is anticipated that projects resulting from the preferred servicing strategy will be subject to either Schedule A+ or B type projects of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. In the future, the Master Plan will support more detailed studies to confirm servicing strategy and to identify the specific projects in order to comply with the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process.

Regional Contact:

Master Plan Documents:

Public Information Centres (PICs) #2

The second round of PICs for this environmental assessment study were held June 15 & 16, 2010.

Public Information Centres (PICs) #1

The PICs held March 9 & 11, 2010 provided Halton with the opportunity to present background information on this study, and gather comments from the public on the problem statement, conceptual solutions and draft evaluation criteria.

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