Water Environmental Assessment

Town of Erin Urban Centre Water Servicing Class Environmental Assessment


The Project
The Corporation of the Town of Erin (Town) owns, operates and maintains two residential drinking water systems, which are the Erin Municipal Water System and the Hillsburgh Municipal Water System, each being serviced by two communal wells drilled into the bedrock aquifer. In May 2015, the Town initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) to evaluate potential solutions to address water supply and storage deficiencies for both existing development and future growth scenarios for the two urban centres of Hillsburgh and Erin Village (project), as identified in the Servicing and Settlement Master Plan (SSMP) that was completed by B.M. Ross and Associates in August 2014 for the Town.

The Process
Triton Engineering Services Limited, on behalf of the Town, is completing this study which is being planned under Schedule 'B' of the Municipal Class EA (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015) which is an approved process under the Environmental Assessment Act. The Class EA process includes public and approval agency consultation, an evaluation of alternatives to address the identified deficiencies, an assessment of potential environmental effects and identification of reasonable measures to mitigate any adverse impacts that may result from the implementation of the project.

Public Consultation
Consultation with affected parties, stakeholders, public and agencies occurred throughout the project to ensure the project is a cooperative venture, in accordance with the Municipal Class EA planning process. An Online Public Information Centre (PIC) was hosted for the general public and interested parties to provide input and comments regarding the project and the preliminary recommendations of the Class EA. The Online PIC material can be found here:

Online Public Information Centre Material

Preferred Solution
Based on the evaluation of alternatives and consultation with stakeholders through the evaluation process and following identification of the preliminary preferred alternatives, Alternative 6 has been identified as the preferred solution to provide additional supply capacity and redundancy for the Town’s municipal drinking water systems for the existing and future population. This additional supply is to be provided by Well E9 and Well H4 to satisfy the growth demand outlined in the Town of Erin Growth Management Strategy Final Report (Dillon, October 2019). This alternative will result in efficient use of the existing and future supply sources by sharing the available redundancy of the wells for both emergency and maintenance purposes. Furthermore, by providing the interconnection of the system, a large geographic area will become available for future well exploration beyond the 2041 horizon.

Project File Report for Public and Agency Review
Project related information and a copy of the Project File Report has been placed in the public record on February 28, 2020 for review (Notice of Completion) and can be accessed below. The Town plans to proceed with the design and implementation of the project pending receipt of necessary regulatory approvals and subject to comments or concerns received during the review period.

Erin Urban Centre Water Servicing Class Report-Report Body
Erin Urban Centre Water Servicing Class Report-Appendix A - D
Erin Urban Centre Water Servicing Class Report-Appendix E - G
Erin Urban Centre Water Servicing Class Report-Appendix H - J

Comments
Interested persons should provide written comment on the project to either one of the following project team members on or before March 31, 2020. Please note that information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments received will become part of the public record.

If your require assistance accessing any of the project material, please contact either of the following project team members.

Contact Us:

Director of Infrastructure Services: Nick Colucci
519.855.4407 EXT. 227
communications@erin.ca

Triton Engineering Services Limited: Ray Kirtz,
P. Eng.
519.843.3920
rkirtz@tritoneng.on.ca