City councillors have decided to clean up the crap. The City of Timmins has chosen a contractor to upgrade the Mattagami Water Pollution Control Plant. North America Construction has been awarded the contract to upgrade the current facility to a secondary treatment facility, which includes improvements to pumps, collectors and digesters. The contract will cost the city over $64 million. This project is covered in the City’s 10-year sewer capital improvement plan. Construction is expected to begin in early August and should be completed in September 2015.
The City had to revise its estimate for the project; the overall project cost is now $73.9 million. The City will have to borrow to complete the project and will need to change its debt repayment timeframe. As a result the City will become debt free on its sewer capital account by 2030. Meanwhile the City is lobbying the government to help cover the costs. So far the City has acquired $40 million in funding from both provincial and federal governments. The secondary treatment plant is designed to clean waste from sewage into a chemically inert liquid that can be safely discharged into a surface water body, in this case the Mattagami River. The new system will do this job much more effectively and efficiently. North America Construction Company is a Morriston, Ontario based firm.