THOMPSON, MAN. — It has been a year since crews started work on Thompson’s new $34.2 million wastewater treatment plant.
Last month, members of city council had a chance to view the progress.
Crews have been at work digging out nearly all the lower levels. The team has also installed the inflow and outflow pipes, backfilled the lower walls and installed most of the process equipment.
Originally scheduled for the end of March, Stantec, the project’s prime consultant, reported the commissioning of the plant will be delayed until the end of April. However, the delays in construction come at no additional cost to the city, a release reads.
“The plant site feels like another world compared to when I first visited the site in 2017,” said Mayor Colleen Smook in a press release. “We’re excited to celebrate the commissioning of the plant this spring, and the commitment to preserving our environment that it represents.”
Unlike most sewage facilities, the Thompson plant will have closed tanks, which are expected to save construction costs because the building housing offices and operational machinery can be built on top of the tank instead of another foundation being constructed beside the tanks.
The new plant will service the city’s 13,000 residents.
The treatment process uses Sequencing Batch Reactors that discharge the effluent in batches, unlike conventional treatment systems. It is designed for a maximum month flow of 8.1 million litres per day, with a capacity to handle up to 13.7 million litres per day.