Client: Township of Emo
Project Description: Water Treatment Plant and Sewage Lagoon Environmental Assessment

Time Line: December 2010 to Present
Project Manager: Tom Darlow

Client Category: Municipal
Service Category: Community Planning

In late fall of 2010, S. Burnett & Associates Ltd. (SBA) was retained by the Township of Emo to provide engineering services related to an environmental assessment on infrastructure servicing to the community pertaining to water supply treatment.  Water supply and wastewater treatment are closely intertwined and the increased water demand for the community has also put an increase of stress on the existing wastewater treatment system.  The establishment of the abattoir in Emo required an extension of water and sewer services as the abattoir placed an additional load on the water treatment plant and sewage treatment system.  The purpose of the EA report was to identify and evaluate alternative solutions for water supply and sewage treatment capacity to meet the immediate and future needs of the community.  SBA completed a background review of the community and an assessment of the existing water and wastewater facilities at the Township of Emo.  The project identified an immediate need to upgrade and/or expand these facilities to service the growing population of the Township of Emo.
The scope of work required for this project also included:

  • Creating display materials and providing professional staff to assist at public forums
  • Facilitation of public forums, advertisements and responding to inquiries
  • Selection and detailed analysis of preferred alternative
  • Compliance with both the Municipal Class EA process and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA)

SBA successfully completed this project in collaboration with the Township of Emo, government agencies and non-government agencies.

Due to previous growth in the community, operational staff have experienced that the existing water treatment plant does not have sufficient capacity to meet the growing water demands of the community.  The anticipated future growth will only emphasize these capacity issues.