Carleton Place Council held their Corporate Services Committee meeting on May 15 beginning after an open house to discuss the water and waste-water treatment plants report prepared by consultants JL Richards. The report reviewed the current status of both plants and required upgrades, expansions, and changes required due to residential and commercial development and the resulting population increase. It also provided a detailed look at the impacts of climate change on both operations. Former town CAO Paul Knowles (current special projects manager) and JL Richard’s consultant Brian Hein revealed that the water treatment plant would reach its capacity by 2028 and the waste-water operations would pass that milestone in 2027 based on the plotted trend of adding 150 residential units with 345 more people using the systems each year.
Total costs for the upgrades to both plants are estimated at $27M and town staff recommends taking action early enough to assure that residents will have access to safe potable water and responsible and effective waste water management. Plans would see the upgrade processes start 5 years before current capacity is reached or by 2023. Residents have until May 25th to provide their comments and input to staff and the entire report can be found on the town’s website at carletonplace.ca. In June, council will approve the next steps in these plans.