Saugeen Shores Town Council was presented with an Executive
Summary from Jeff Graham of Genivar Consultants LP on the Water and
Sewer Servicing Master Plan.
The Master Plan focuses on water and sewer over the next 20 years
and what the town can anticipate in the way of needed upgrades
While overall, the report said that, with the new water treatment
plant in Southampton and the de-commissioning of the Port Elgin
plant, the town does have sufficient day water treatment for now and
over the next 20 years.
One area of concern was that of firefighting pressure requirements.
As it stands now, there are two pressure zones, one in Port Elgin
and the eastern section of Southampton where the pressure is very
good and the balance of Southampton where it isn't.
One option, according to Genivar is to move to a one-pressure zone
system and for the town to consider a second back-up pump at the
Southampton water tower with a back-up power source.
Another area of concern was the Port Elgin sewage treatment plant
and complaints of both noise from equipment an odour. The town's
engineering department is currently looking at implementing
solutions to help alleviate both issues.
Councillor Fred Shildroth pointed out that the report did not
mention anything about septage. Councillor Taun Frosst also asked
Graham if Genivar had heard anything from the Province about getting
sludge off the land.
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"The jury is still out on how much will
received over the course of a week, a month or a year," said
Graham in response to Shildroth. "In the summer, there is
little septage but, of course, in the winter there is more.
Then, too, if the Province bans septage sludge going onto
the land, then that could change things too."
In the report, the option was also raised about diverting
effluent from the Saugeen River into Mill Creek. Councillor
Victoria Serda pointed out that Mill Creek used to be a
coldwater stream and that there are those who are trying to
rehabilitate it and re-populate it with fish. She wanted to
know if it would be possible to consider creating a wetland
that could deal with the affluent before it reached the
Graham explained that it (wetland) would need "... a ton of
land. In Port Elgin, there is no criteria on ammonia which
is toxic to aquatic life.
I personally took the temperature of Mill Creek and it
is now quite warm, surprisingly however, the water quality is quite
He also added that both treatment systems have UV disinfecting for
pathogens. "When UV runs properly," he said, "the result is effluent
that is very low in e-coli counts. It would be very good if the Province
funded more research in this area."
Mayor Mike Smith added that he thought the Summary was excellent and
that the time to really explore it would be when the new Official Plan
is being looked at.
For the full Executive Summary,