In 2014, the Town of Erin completed a Servicing and Settlement Master Plan (SSMP) to address servicing, planning and environmental issues within the Town. The study area for the SSMP included the Village of Erin and Hillsburgh as well as a portion of the surrounding rural lands. The SSMP considered servicing and planning alternatives for wastewater and identified a preferred wastewater servicing strategy for existing and future development in the study area.
In 2015, the Town of Erin initiated the Urban Centre Wastewater Servicing Class Environmental Assessment (UCWS EA), with the objective of completing the Class Environmental Assessment process for wastewater servicing within Erin Village and Hillsburgh based on the general alternative solution developed during the SSMP.
The Urban Centre Wastewater Servicing Class EA followed the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Schedule "C" process.
The objectives of the Urban Centre Wastewater Servicing Class EA were to investigate and refine the preferred general alternative identified in the 2014 Servicing and Settlement Master Plan, along with determining the preferred Wastewater Servicing solution for the existing residents and future developments with the communities of Erin Village and Hillsburgh.
A comprehensive public consultation program was developed as part of the Urban Centre Wastewater Servicing Class EA process, to promote two-way dialogue with the general public, local businesses, interest groups, review agencies, and Aboriginal communities. This consultation program included the creation of a special Public Liaison Committee, made up of members of the community to provide ongoing input throughout the completion of the EA, along with hosting Public Information Centres (PIC's) at key milestones through the EA for the general public and interested parties to provide input.
Based on the use of best available treatment technology within the Wastewater Treatment Plant and maintaining acceptable effluent discharge limits into the West Credit River, it was determined that the proposed Wastewater Treatment Plant could accommodate an Average Day Flow (ADF) of 7,172 m3/day.
This wastewater capacity would provide servicing for a potential residential population of 14,599, plus servicing for an equivalent residential population of 4,314 for existing and future commercial/ employment lands.
The Preferred Solution identified within the Urban Centre Wastewater Servicing Class EA was a wastewater collection system conveying all wastewater flows to a single wastewater treatment plant, to meet the existing community's wastewater servicing needs and support future population growth. The preferred solution further presented that the wastewater treatment plan would be located on one of two properties at the intersection of the 10th Line & Wellington Road 52 south of Erin Village, with treated effluent being discharged to the West Credit River on the west side of the bridge on Winston Churchill Boulevard, north of Wellington Road 52.
Environmental Study Report (ESR) Public and Agency Review
At the completion of the Urban Centre Wastewater Servicing Class EA an Environmental Study Report (ESR) was prepared and published in May 2018 for the formal 30-day public review period. During the 30-day public review period three (3) Part II Order requests were received by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP). At the request of the MECP, the study team provided detailed responses to MECP in relation to the Part II Order requests.
Subsequent to the MECP's review of all the information, the Ministry issued responses to the three (3) Part II Orders on August 29, 2019 and concluded that all concerns had been adequately dealt with in the Environmental Study Report and that an individual environmental assessment would not be required as a result of any of the Part II Order requests.
With the issuance of the Ministry decision, the Town's Class EA process is complete and the Town can proceed with the project, subject to obtaining the necessary funds and appropriate agency approvals.
The Urban Centre Wastewater Servicing Class EA identified the costs for the proposed wastewater system at approximately $118.M. This estimate includes costs for the collection system, wastewater treatment plant and the outfall and are broken down in the table below:
|System Component||Estimated Cost
|Wastewater Treatment System||$61,381,500|
Subsequent to the completion of the Urban Centre Wastewater Servicing Class EA, Watson & Associated were retained by the Town to develop a Wastewater Servicing Financing Options Study for the implementation of the Wastewater Servicing solution. The Financing Options Study proposes that the costs be covered by a combination of Federal/ Provincial Grants, Developer contributions and the existing residents.
The following is a list of the key project documents. This lost of documents may grow as new information becomes available:
- Wastewater Servicing Financing Options Study - Presented by Watson & Associates, dated Oct. 8, 2019
- Letter of Approval from the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, dated Aug. 29, 2019
- Urban Centre Wastewater Servicing Class EA Volume 1: ESR and Appendix A - prepared by Ainley & Associates, dated Oct. 2019
- Urban Centre Wastewater Servicing Class EA Volume 2: Appendix B-J Part 1 - prepared by Ainley & Associates, dated Oct. 2019
- Urban Centre Wastewater Servicing Class EA Volume 2: Appendix B-J Part 2 - prepared by Ainley & Associates, dated Oct. 2019
- Urban Centre Wastewater Servicing Class EA Volume 3: Appendix K-V Part 1 - prepared by Ainley & Associates, dated Oct. 2019
- Urban Centre Wastewater Servicing Class EA Volume 3: Appendix K-V Part 2 - prepared by Ainley & Associates, dated Oct. 2019
- Town of Erin Servicing & Settlement Master Plan (SSMP) Final Report - prepared by BM Ross, dated Aug. 12, 2014
- Servicing & Settlement Master Plan (SSMP) Financial Review - prepared by Watson & Associates, dated Aug. 7, 2014
Wastewater Frequently Asked Questions:
Average Capital cost: $15,000-$18,000 (this amount will be payable after the house has been connected, payments can be spread out over 10 to 15 years).
Average Connection Cost: $4,000 - $8,000
Annual Average User Cost: $500 - $600