WINDSOR, ONT. – Multiple levels of government were on hand recently to announce construction of a new retention treatment basin for the Lou Romano Water Reclamation Plant in Windsor, Ont.
The Government of Canada is investing over $32.7 million in the build, with the City of Windsor contributing more than $55.8 million.
“The construction of the retention treatment basin and a new pumping station will enhance the treatment abilities and greatly reduce the impacts of major storm events, including basement flooding, for nearly 62,000 homes, primarily those in South Windsor, Sandwich Towne and West Windsor, serviced by the Lou Romano Water Reclamation Plant,” said Drew Dilkens, mayor of the City of Windsor, in a statement.
The new basin will include a new pumping station and outfall sewer. Once complete, it will act as a buffer during storm surges and provide emergency back-up service in case of catastrophic failure at the plant.
“For a community that has suffered two catastrophic floods, protecting our community from the damage of climate change has been my priority, and this federal investment to construct new retention basin capacity in Windsor will protect thousands of homes, businesses, and livelihoods here at home,” said Irek Kusmierczyk, MP for Windsor—Tecumseh.