Victoria Street sewage pumping station environmental assessment

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Background

The Victoria Street Sewage Pumping Station is reaching the end of its lifecycle and needs to be replaced.

Some of the alternative solutions being considered are:

  • Replacement/upgrade of pumping station components
  • Relocation of pumping station
  • Elimination of pumping station

The solution will be completed in coordination with a lifecycle Infrastructure Renewal Project for the reconstruction of Victoria Street from Lombardo Ave to the west end of Victoria Street. This project is also tentatively scheduled for 2022.

To meet Ministry or Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) requirements, the concrete pumping station chamber must be constructed above the ground by a minimum of 300mm (12 inches).

The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority has advised the project team there may be a possible change to the regulated flood line that would affect all three pump station reconstruction proposals. This change would require the concrete pumping station chamber to be constructed higher than the 300mm (12 inches) MECP requirement.

Study area

The Victoria Street Sewage Pumping Station is located at 47 Victoria Street. The project scope involves an evaluation of alternatives, selection of preferred alternative and evaluation of environmental impacts and their mitigation measures.



Background

The Victoria Street Sewage Pumping Station is reaching the end of its lifecycle and needs to be replaced.

Some of the alternative solutions being considered are:

  • Replacement/upgrade of pumping station components
  • Relocation of pumping station
  • Elimination of pumping station

The solution will be completed in coordination with a lifecycle Infrastructure Renewal Project for the reconstruction of Victoria Street from Lombardo Ave to the west end of Victoria Street. This project is also tentatively scheduled for 2022.

To meet Ministry or Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) requirements, the concrete pumping station chamber must be constructed above the ground by a minimum of 300mm (12 inches).

The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority has advised the project team there may be a possible change to the regulated flood line that would affect all three pump station reconstruction proposals. This change would require the concrete pumping station chamber to be constructed higher than the 300mm (12 inches) MECP requirement.

Study area

The Victoria Street Sewage Pumping Station is located at 47 Victoria Street. The project scope involves an evaluation of alternatives, selection of preferred alternative and evaluation of environmental impacts and their mitigation measures.


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we favour #2 - further from our home and least disruption during update; #3 only if no trees disturbed., some concerns about noise of pump #4 costs would be higher and concerned about how construction of new gravity sewers and new forcemain will affect properties from present site to the new site at the beginning of Victoria.

Joan Cavers 3 months ago

I favour Option #4, but Options 3 and 2 are acceptable.

S O'Grady

steveog 3 months ago

We lean towards Option 2, provided the new pumps are quiet and assuming that minimal maintenance will be required with new equipment. Option 4 has merits on its location, but at higher cost, with larger (louder?) pumps, system complexity and construction disruption, and the inclusion another stakeholder.

IanClarke 3 months ago

Thank you for this detailed and easy to understand presentation. We are in favour of option #4, followed by #3 and #2. Moving the sewage pumping station to the end of Victoria Street eliminates the inconveniences causes by the current location.

KGoodwin 3 months ago

I have reviewed the options identified and favour option #4, relocation to the road allowance at the west end of Victoria Street, followed by option #3, relocation to the front of the Montessori school, and finally option #2. Clearly do nothing is not practical given that the current equipment is approaching the end of its useful life. As well, the extent of reconstruction necessary to implement a gravity feed solution renders the gravity option impractical. Replacing the existing unit in its current location may be possible; however, the past maintenance efforts have created a potential traffic hazard at the intersection of Victoria and the Parkway which is on a school bus route. As well the current location at a T intersection makes this site vulnerable to a potential auto collision should someone overshoot the intersection or slide off the road.

Bob Beatty 3 months ago

I support Option Two. It has a very small footprint, should require minimal maintenance, requires no tree removal and no sewer relocation and disruption. Being the most cost effective makes it the most sensible choice.

Jean Twigg 3 months ago

In making a decision as to which option is best for the area more information is required as to the area(s) which will be impacted by any construction due to a new location or removal of the pump entirely. Will the construction only impact Victoria St. or will other streets in the area eg. The Parkway, Sherwood, Northdale also require some major work to the sewers. With the current information provided by the presentation our initial response would be Option 2, followed by 4 then 3. From the info provided Option 2 would be the least disruptive to the area and most cost effective.

dewright 3 months ago

I favour option #2 given its the least expensive. I don't see the need to move the pump (options 3 & 4) bc the new pump has such a small footprint, I think it would hardly be noticed and I'm assuming that disruptive maintenance needs on the new pump would be minimal. However, if residents that live closer to the pump than I do feel it is an eyesore or overly disruptive, then I would defer to them in the applications of solution 3 or 4.
Deb Reitzel-Jaffe, 1072 The Parkway

ReitzelJaffe 3 months ago

We believe that option #4 would be the best long term solution. After that, #3, and then #2 would be acceptable alternatives. Replacing the pump would eliminate need for city workers to constantly be checking on the station, and placing the pump away from homes would eliminate the noise and improve the aesthetic appearance of the neighbourhood.

Stan/Marg 3 months ago

My first pick is alternative 4 followed by alternative 3 if alternative 4 doesn't work. Alternative 4 eliminates the need for an SPS entirely and moves all equipment underground. Alternative 3 takes the SPS away from all but one residence, allows for maintenance equipment to park on a section of Victoria Street not used for getting around and utilizes a piece of property nobody uses today. I reject alternatives 1 and 2 as that leaves the SPS too close to existing residences which is not good because of the noise and traffic disruptions we have been living with for many many years.

ppergau 3 months ago

I would support option 4 being the west side of the Gibbon's Park entrance on the Upper Thames' land, (then 3, then 2 in that order) as the farther down the street would be the least noise and disruption to the neighbourhood in the long run.

Charlie Smith 3 months ago

I would support option two as this would be the least expensive and least disruptive while providing a solution to the obsolete pumping station.

Grant Barker 3 months ago