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Through all aspects of this project, we are keeping the environment at the forefront of our discussions. We have consulted numerous experts and are following the strictest requirements in the country to ensure there are minimal impacts.

After conducting various studies, including an Environmental Assessment (EA) and an Environmental Study Report (ESR), a series of recommendations and guidelines were identified to ensure we are protecting our water resources and that the project remains compliant with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) and Credit Valley Conservation authority (CVC).

With regards to the effluent, the ESR concluded that it was not necessary to reduce the effluent temperature, which was also accepted by the MECP and CVC, however, we will be monitoring effluent temperature at the plant site before it is discharged. 

Given that the full build-out of the wastewater treatment plant will occur in stages, if it is deemed necessary to reduce the effluent temperature in the future, it would be monitored closely and heat exchangers could be incorporated into future expansions of the plant. 

The ESR focused on selecting the most suitable effluent outfall location. Subsequent to the detailed analysis of two separate locations, Winston Churchill Blvd. was selected as the preferred location to reduce potential impacts on brook trout and to utilize higher flows for greater dilution of effluent, despite higher construction costs. Further, there are already natural shaded areas that will allow for the cooling of temperatures organically.

Learn more about the Environment Assessment and Environment Study Report here.