Adjala Tosorontio was forced to make emergency repairs to its sewage
treatment plant in Everett because of a bearing failure on the
secondary Rotating Biological Contactor (RBC) that caused effluent
discharge to exceed its Ministry approved limits.
A report to council included on Monday night's agenda by Jim Moss,
Public Works Superintendent, notes they were informed by OCWA (which
operates the plant on behalf of the Township) of the problem on June
13. Mr. Moss adds Township staff met with OCWA and Barrie Welding to
come up with options.
"Since the plant is planned to be decommissioned and the sewage pumped
to the new plant at the north end of Everett that is to be built in
coming years, a replacement of the current equipment was decided,"
according to Mr. Moss. "Emergency repairs were authorized by Staff on
June 14. With the secondary contactor out of service it is likely that
the plant discharge of effluent will be outside the limits of the
Environmental Compliance Approval so a quick repair
was necessary to avoid possible fines."
A waste hauler was brought in to remove the sewage which was taken off
site to the Town of Blue Mountains Treatment Plant, so repairs could be
made to the Everett plant, which were completed June 29.
"When the bearing were examined in was found that there was a failure
of the seals which allowed moisture and corrosion into the bearings.
..... It was noted during the repairs that the
steel tank itself that houses the RBC's and holds the sewage is
starting to corrode and
deteriorate on the underside of the decking which is going to
the structure. This also could be having an effect now if the structure
is flexing under
the weight of all three stages of the RBC and pulling on the bearing
Also on Monday night's agenda is a report to council to retain the
services of CIMA Canada Inc for Consulting related activities for
Everett Wastewater Servicing to an upset limit of $53,925.
CIMA is proposing a new strategy that will focus on securing federal
and provincial funding to solve sewage treatment problems for the
current residents in Everett. Up to now, the Township had been focused
on finding private partnership to finance, build, and operate a new
plant for future residential growth. That process was spiked because of
escalating costs as the process moved forward.
"The repairs to the plant have been completed allowing the operation of plant to return to
normal. When the new sewage treatment plant is constructed by the developer, in the
next few years, the Township should consider redirecting the sewage from the New
Horizons Plant at the first opportunity."