On June 22nd and 23rd, two public information sessions were held in Saint John, New Brunswick to educate local residents on ACCIONA and Port City Water Partners’ $216 million Safe Clean Drinking Water Project. The project, which is scheduled to be completed in November 2018, is designed to provide fully-treated drinking water to the residents of Saint John and surrounding areas.
Both sessions were well-attended, and provided an opportunity for residents to find out more about the upcoming construction milestones and activities that will take place in the coming months. Information about the public-private partnership undertaken with the provincial government was available, and attendees also got the chance to see some long-buried historical Saint John water systems material, including old wooden and cast iron pipe.
Key goals of the project as outlined by Dean Price, the city’s project manager, include reducing water disruptions, reducing the amount of boil orders issued to residents, and delivering cleaner water that’s safer for people to drink.
The project, carried out in partnership with Brookfield Financial & North American Contractors, involves the renewal of part of Saint John’s water system. When completed, the plant will treat up to 75 million litres of water a day, and be able to store up to 33 million litres.
The existing water distribution system is also being updated as part of the project, including the replacement of 20 kilometres of piping and rehabilitating 10 kilometres more. The city’s disinfection and pumping systems are also being restored.