The Public Utilities Commission for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent completed a Water and Wastewater Master Plan in May 2012 to identify infrastructure improvements and capital costs for a 20-year planning period. The Master Plan included growth and planning estimates for the municipality, for both urban and rural areas. The Master Plan was used to help determine future water and sewer rates, and to provide input for Development Charges and rate setting process. The Master Plan is also a critical component in the development planning process and is intended to harmonize the municipality's water and wastewater servicing strategies for both the urban and rural areas.
The Master Plan included new infrastructure recommendations to improve servicing, accommodate future servicing, improve system reliability, efficiency, consolidate operating systems, address water quality, effluent quality, and wastewater bio-solids management, and to meet current and future regulatory requirements.
The recommended strategies for water and wastewater servicing included:
Water: Continued capital improvements of the existing water supply and distribution system. The recommended strategy was to improve system reliability, and to address current and future regulatory requirements
Wastewater: Continued capital improvements of the existing wastewater treatment and sewage collection system. The recommended strategy was to improve system performance, reliability, address current and future regulatory requirements, and provide funding for future servicing opportunities.
The Master Plan was completed following the planning process outlined in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) (2011), based on "Approach 1" which fulfills the requirements of the document for Phase 1 and Phase 2 requirements for Schedule B projects. Some Schedule B and
Schedule C projects identified will require separate Class EA studies to provide additional consultation and development of Design Details, and to finalize property and/or alignments and easement requirements.
As outlined in the Class EA, it is recommended that a Master Plan be reviewed every five years to assess the recommended strategies, and to consider the timing and need for capital improvement of infrastructure.
The Need for an Addendum
This addendum refines the recommended water and
water projects outlined in Section 12 (“Recommendations and Servicing Plan”) of
the Master Plan report, based on changes to priorities since the filing of the
Master Plan in 2012. The focus of this
addendum is to update the recommended capital projects, based on current
priorities, including: status, scope,
Class EA schedule, capital value
(in 2017 $), priority and anticipated timing for implementation.
This addendum, which includes an updated list of water and wastewater recommended capital projects, will assist the Chatham-Kent PUC with fiscal planning, such as the update of the PUC's Financial Plan and new rate study.
Please click here to download the Notice of Completion
Please click here to download the 2018 Water and Wastewater Master Plan Addendum Report (Final)
Please click on the link below to view a full version of the "2018 Water and Wastewater Master Plan Addendum Report (Final)" and the "2012 Water and Wastewater Master Plan Final Report" both in one pdf document.