News Release Article from  Infrastructure Canada

Inauguration of new infrastructure at the La Seigneurie wastewater treatment plant in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield

Federal-provincial investment of more than 14 million dollars

January 14, 2016 - Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec – Infrastructure Canada

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, January 14, 2016 – Pablo Rodriguez, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Stéphane Billette, Chief Government Whip and Member of the National Assembly for Huntingdon, on behalf of Pierre Moreau, Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, participated today in the inauguration of new wastewater treatment infrastructure at the La Seigneurie wastewater treatment plant in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. Government representatives took the opportunity to recognize provincial and federal investments in the project of more than $14 million.

Work on this project included replacing outdated water treatment equipment, such as grit separators, aeration basins, and clarifiers. It also involved installing more effective control and monitoring equipment, as well as the addition of an ultraviolet disinfection system. The modernization of the La Seigneurie wastewater treatment plant has made the municipality's management of wastewater management more efficient by improving the quality and reducing the quantity of wastewater being discharged into the environment.

The La Seigneurie wastewater treatment plant began operating in 1987 and serves approximately 40,000 City of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield residents whose homes are connected to the wastewater system. It treats approximately 54 million litres of waste water a day and is the first waste management treatment plant to use a wet plasma oxidation process. This Quebec technique is an innovative, cost-efficient way of treating sludge that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and promotes sustainable development.

This project has also allowed the City of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield to comply with the province's Respecting the Quality of Drinking Water Regulations as well as the regulatory requirements of the Department of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change.

Quick facts

  • The total cost of the project was $17,046,664.
  • A combined contribution of $9,522,664 came from the federal Gas Tax Fund and the Government of Quebec.
  • A contribution of $5,270,010 was allocated as part of the Quebec-Municipalities Infrastructure Program (PIQM).
  • An amount of $2,253,990 was provided by the City of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada is proud to have partnered with Quebec to improve wastewater treatment infrastructure in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. We are determined to build solid relationships with our municipal and provincial partners to contribute to the development of strong communities across the country and to improve the quality of life of all Canadians through investments in public infrastructure."

Pablo Rodriguez, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"I am proud to be participating today in the inauguration of new wastewater infrastructure at the La Seigneurie treatment plant in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. This investment demonstrates our government's commitment to providing residents with high quality community infrastructure. Through these upgrades, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield will now have more sustainable wastewater collection equipment, and be able to guarantee strong, durable infrastructure, a cleaner environment and better public services for citizens."

Stéphane Billette, Chief Government Whip and Member of the National Assembly for Huntingdon, on behalf of Pierre Moreau, Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy

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Contacts

Press Office
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure
and Communities
613-991-0947

Catherine Poulin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs,
and Land Occupancy
418-691-2050

Jean-Pierre McKenzie
Press Secretary
Office of the Chief Government Whip and Member of the National Assembly for Huntingdon
450-247-3474

For information:

Audrey Garon
Communications
Department of Municipal Affairs and  Land Occupancy
418-691-2015 (3230)

Infrastructure Canada
Tel.: 613-960-9251
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