Brandon, Man. – The first phase of a multi-year upgrade of a municipal water treatment facility in Brandon, Man. is beginning this month
The project is kicking off with the construction of a dedicated chemical building connected to the existing water treatment plant.
The new chemical building will consolidate the storage of chemicals and allow for a switch in the current disinfectant process from that of using gaseous chlorine to a safer one of using liquid chlorine sodium hypochlorite. In addition, the building has been designed with the capacity required to test the potential of orthophosphate dosing as a corrosion control method as it relates to the City of Brandon’s wider Lead Water Services Strategy. A new ring road providing access to the entire facility will also be constructed.
“The construction of this new chemical storage and dosing building will bring existing chemicals into a single facility, which is undoubtedly safer for our staff, our citizens, and the environment,” said Brandon director of utilities Alexia Stangherlin, in a press release. “We are excited to be starting the first phase of this very important project, that, once complete, will allow us to continue offering a supply of safe and high-quality drinking water to the community for decades to come.”
Stangherlin added that construction will begin early in October. Completion and commissioning of the new chemical building is anticipated by May of 2021.
The $18.5 million dollar project phase is partially being funded through the Government of Canada’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. An application for additional funding through the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program has been submitted for the upgrade project’s future phases, which would include the construction of a new membrane treatment facility, a new river intake, settling pond and yard piping, and upgrades to existing portions of the current treatment facility.