Ottawa West Flow Through Pump Station Upgrades

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Project Status
Planned

Project overview

Project description

The City of Ottawa has initiated the design for upgrades to four (4) existing sanitary pump stations that were originally installed between 1989 and 1994 and located in Ward 7: Bay. Two (2) sanitary pump stations are located within Britannia Village Community and the remaining two (2) sanitary pump stations are within Carlington West-Glabar Park-McKellar Heights Community.

Project upgrade objective

The main objective of the project is to improve the resiliency and reliability of the operation of the four (4) flow-through sanitary pump stations located near the West Nepean Collector (WNC), the level of service (LOS) provided by the stations will be maintained throughout the rehabilitation and retrofit work.

All sanitary pump stations will be retrofitted to provide:

  • One (1) duty and one (1) standby pump
  • One (1) backup/emergency natural gas generator
  • Updated electrical and instrumentation to current City of Ottawa Standards
  • Other upgrades including process mechanical piping and ancillary equipment

General station operation

All four (4) sanitary pump stations operate as a sanitary sewer (also known as Flow Through) for many of the seasons (summer/fall/winter).

Descriptions, locations and general upgrades of each of the four (4) sanitary pump stations follow.

Anticipated project timing

Design assignment: completed
Construction commencement: spring 2022
Construction substantial completion: winter 2022/2023
Construction completion: spring 2023

Project budget

Approved project construction funds to date are approximately $8,000,000. Budget will be adjusted once the design is completed and prior to construction start date.

Accessibility

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. The City makes every effort to provide access through and around construction sites. If you require special accommodation, please contact the project team listed below. Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.

COVID-19

The City of Ottawa, in its commitment to protecting people and the community, continues to work closely with the industry and to comply with recommendations provided by municipal, provincial and federal health officials, as well as the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

Contact information

For any emergency outside normal working hours, please call the City at 3-1-1.
For general project information, please contact the City’s Project Manager.
For construction related questions or concerns, please contact the Contractor Representative.

City Project Manager
Megan Farnel, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Design and Construction - Facilities
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext. 22021

City On-Site Inspector
Roberto Bascelli
Construction Technician
Design and Construction – Facilities
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel.: 613-880-0855

Contractor Representative
Emal Sataar, Project Manager
Black & McDonald Ltd.
Tel.: 613-913-4202

Sanitary pump stations

Britannia and Howe sanitary pump station (BHPS) within Britannia Village Community

The Britannia and Howe sanitary pumping station (BHPS) is located at the north east corner of Britannia Road and Howe Street, just north of the National Capital Commission (NCC) pathway. This station was originally constructed circa 1991. This station services residence and buildings north of Howe Street, and bound by the Ottawa River and Mud Lake. A drainage map illustrating the serviced area within the bold dashed black boundary is provided below.

As part of the design for the BHPS, the control and electrical distribution boxes will be moved further away from the NCC pathway to make way for additional landscape features as part of initiatives by the Local Community Association and National Capital Commission (NCC). In addition, a new natural gas generator will be installed in the same fenced enclosure as the new electrical panels.

This is a map showing the location of the Britannia and Howe Sanitary Pump Station and new proposed generator in Ward 7 (Bay Ward). The pump station and generator are located South on Britannia Road at Howe Street.

Lincoln Heights sanitary pump station (LHPS) within Britannia Village

The Lincoln Heights sanitary pumping station (LHPS) is located within a City of Ottawa easement between 219 and 225 Lincoln Heights Road. This station was originally constructed circa 1989. It services residence and buildings north of Richmond Road, east of Croydon Avenue and west of Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. A drainage map illustrating the serviced area within the bold dashed black boundary is provided below.

The LHPS will remain within the easement between 219/225 Lincoln Heights Road. As part of the project, pumps and mechanical equipment will be replaced, and new electrical and instrumentation panels will be installed. A new natural gas generator will be installed within Lincoln Heights Park and adjacent to 175 Lincoln Heights (including a landscape ‘buffer’). This generator is required for improved reliability of the sanitary pump station and will require a new duct bank to be installed from Lincoln Heights Park to 219/225 Lincoln Heights Road.

This is a map showing the location of the Lincoln Heights Howe Sanitary Pump Station and new proposed generator in Ward 7 (Bay Ward). The pump station is located North on Lincoln Heights Road. The proposed generator is located within Lincoln Heights Park

McEwen sanitary pump station (MPS) within Carlington West - Glabar Park - McKellar Heights Community

The McEwen sanitary pumping station (MPS) is located at the end of McEwen Avenue on the east side of the cul-de-sac adjacent to 31 McEwen Avenue. This station was originally constructed circa 1994. It services all apartment buildings on McEwen Avenue (30, 31, 61 and 70 McEwen Avenue). A drainage map illustrating the serviced area within the bold dashed black boundary is provided below.

The MPS will remain in its existing location adjacent to 31 McEwen Avenue. Pumps and mechanical equipment will be replaced, and new electrical and instrumentation panels will be installed. A new natural gas generator will be installed further south on McEwen Avenue within Byron Linear Tramway Park. This generator is required to improve reliability of the sanitary pump station and will require a new duct bank to be installed from 31 McEwen Avenue to the new generator location.

This is a map showing the location of the McEwen Sanitary Pump Station and new proposed generator in Ward 7 (Bay Ward). The pump station is located north-east on McEwen Avenue. The proposed generator is located within south-east on McEwen Avenue.

Pooler and Deschênes sanitary pump station (PDPS) within Carlington West - Glabar Park - McKellar Heights Community

The Pooler and Deschênes sanitary pump station (PDPS) is located within the roadway of Pooler Avenue adjacent to 85/87 Pooler Avenue. This station was originally constructed circa 1989. It services residences and buildings north of Richmond Road (not along the frontage of Richmond Road), and east of Pooler Avenue, and south of Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway, and west of Aylen Avenue. A drainage map illustrating the serviced area within the bold dashed black boundary is provided below.

The PDPS will remain in its current location; however, a new natural gas generator (with associated panels) will be installed further north within City right of way. Two (2) Trees on NCC land will be required to be removed prior to the installation of this Generator and has been scheduled for March 2021; Replanting the trees (as designated by the NCC) has been planned for 2022 after the completion of this project. Replacement compensation is expected to be a 2:1 ratio (2 new to 1 removed). This generator is required to improve reliability of the sanitary pump station and will require a new duct bank to be installed from the new generator to 85/87 Pooler Avenue. Pumps and mechanical equipment will be replaced, and new electrical and instrumentation panels will be installed.

This is a map showing the location of the Pooler and Deschênes Sanitary Pump Station and new proposed generator in Ward 7 (Bay Ward). The pump station is located north-east on Pooler Avenue at Deschênes Street.

Britannia & Howe - Construction commencement (June 2022)

This notice is to advise that due to material supply delays construction in your neighbourhood will now be completed in two phases. The first phase will start in June 2022 and the second phase will be spring 2023.

What: This project will upgrade four (4) existing ‘flow through’ sanitary wastewater pump stations located in Bay Ward (Ward 7) to improve their operation and reliability. The flow through stations normally operate as a gravity sewer; however, they switch operation from a gravity sewer to a sanitary pump station once the downstream receiving sanitary trunk sewer is surcharged or overtaxed to prevent upstream basement flooding.

Improvements are required for upgrades for reliability and resiliency as the current configuration requires regular maintenance and manual operation. The proposed upgrades include installing new backup generators required for emergency situations, replacing existing pumps with two (2) new pumps (One Duty and One Standby/Backup), updating electrical and instrumentation to current standard requirements and other miscellaneous improvements.

The first phase of work to be completed in 2022 will include constructing concrete pads, installing a duct bank between the wet well and the concrete pad area, and installing new electrical kiosks on the concrete pad. The second phase of work to be completed in 2023 will include replacing the pumps, installing the generator and making the necessary connections.

Why: Due to the age, condition and level of operation and maintenance required for the existing infrastructure and the lack of redundancy from basement sewer backup protection, the City will be proceeding with the completion of the work required to improve the reliability of these pumping stations. The project will upgrade each station to have redundancy in pumping (duty/standby configuration), resiliency in instrumentation monitoring, power and controls to reduce the likelihood of having a failure that could result in flooding.

When: The first phase of construction is planned for the flow through station near you in late June 2022 and is expected to be completed by fall 2022. The second phase will start in spring 2023 and is expected to be completed by fall 2023.

Where: Britannia and Howe sanitary pump station: 247 Britannia Road.

All proposed upgrades will be installed within City right of way or within existing legal City Utility Easement. Proposed backup generators will also be installed within City Park Land or City right of way.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the Contractor, Black & McDonald Ltd., to complete the work.

Traffic management

Lane reductions and alternating traffic can be expected during construction to accommodate the work. Access to private properties will be maintained throughout the construction period. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will maintained.

On-street parking

As the various construction activities are in progress on your street, on-street parking will be restricted. In the event that access to your driveway is restricted due to construction activities, a Temporary On-Street Parking Permit (orange form) will be distributed to permit on-street parking within two blocks of your residence.

Impact on the right of way

The reconstruction is within the City’s right of way but may result in some disruption to part of the private property directly adjacent to the work. The City will reinstate all sections of landscaping, driveways and walkways that are disturbed by construction. However, if you have plants or any other assets located within the City’s right of way that you want to preserve, we suggest that you may want to move the plants in preparation for the construction work

Property damage caused by construction activities

As part of this Contract, the Contractor is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until it is entirely complete, as well as any damages to private property resulting from these construction activities. In the event of such occurrences, all claims for damages should be immediately reported both verbally and in writing to the Contractor and to the City’s on-site Representative. This will ensure prompt notification of appropriate authorities to complete the claim investigations.

Construction disruptions

The Contractor will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of your family and/or operation of your business, but as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the construction work, such as delays and traffic detours, parking restrictions, noise and dust. You may also feel vibrations due to heavy equipment operations. Vibrations from construction activities are quite common and rarely cause any problems. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation. For construction activity hours of work, the City of Ottawa follows provincial requirements and the City’s Noise By-law (2017-255).

Contact information

For any emergency outside normal working hours, please call the City at 3-1-1.
For general project information, please contact the City’s Project Manager.
For construction related questions or concerns, please contact the Contractor Representative.

Pooler & Deschênes - Construction commencement (June 2022)

This notice is to advise that due to material supply delays construction in your neighbourhood will now be completed in two phases. The first phase will start in June 2022 and the second phase will be spring 2023.

What: This project will upgrade four (4) existing ‘flow through’ sanitary wastewater pump stations located in Bay Ward (Ward 7) to improve their operation and reliability. The flow through stations normally operate as a gravity sewer; however, they switch operation from a gravity sewer to a sanitary pump station once the downstream receiving sanitary trunk sewer is surcharged or overtaxed to prevent upstream basement flooding.

Improvements are required for upgrades for reliability and resiliency as the current configuration requires regular maintenance and manual operation. The proposed upgrades include installing new backup generators required for emergency situations, replacing existing pumps with two (2) new pumps (One Duty and One Standby/Backup), updating electrical and instrumentation to current standard requirements and other miscellaneous improvements.

The first phase of work to be completed in 2022 will include constructing concrete pads, installing a duct bank below the road and installing new electrical kiosks on the concrete pad. The second phase of work to be completed in 2023 will include replacing the pumps, installing the generator and making the necessary connections. The temporary road re-alignment on Pooler will occur in 2023.

Why: Due to the age, condition and level of operation and maintenance required for the existing infrastructure and the lack of redundancy from basement sewer backup protection, the City will be proceeding with the completion of the work required to improve the reliability of these pumping stations. The project will upgrade each station to have redundancy in pumping (duty/standby configuration), resiliency in instrumentation monitoring, power and controls to reduce the likelihood of having a failure that could result in flooding.

When: The first phase of construction is planned for the flow through station near you in June 2022 and is expected to be completed by fall 2022. The second phase will start in spring 2023 and is expected to be completed by fall 2023.

Where: Pooler and Deschênes Sanitary Pump Station: 84 Pooler Avenue.

All proposed upgrades will be installed within City right of way or within existing legal City Utility Easement. Proposed backup generators will also be installed within City Park Land or City right of way.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the Contractor, Black & McDonald Ltd., to complete the work.

Traffic management

Lane reductions and alternating traffic can be expected during construction to accommodate the work. Access to private properties will be maintained throughout the construction period. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will maintained.

On-street parking

As the various construction activities are in progress on your street, on-street parking will be restricted. In the event that access to your driveway is restricted due to construction activities, a Temporary On-Street Parking Permit (orange form) will be distributed to permit on-street parking within two blocks of your residence.

Impact on the right of way

The reconstruction is within the City’s right of way but may result in some disruption to part of the private property directly adjacent to the work. The City will reinstate all sections of landscaping, driveways and walkways that are disturbed by construction. However, if you have plants or any other assets located within the City’s right of way that you want to preserve, we suggest that you may want to move the plants in preparation for the construction work

Property damage caused by aonstruction activities

As part of this Contract, the Contractor is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until it is entirely complete, as well as any damages to private property resulting from these construction activities. In the event of such occurrences, all claims for damages should be immediately reported both verbally and in writing to the Contractor and to the City’s on-site Representative. This will ensure prompt notification of appropriate authorities to complete the claim investigations.

Construction disruptions

The Contractor will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of your family and/or operation of your business, but as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the construction work, such as delays and traffic detours, parking restrictions, noise and dust. You may also feel vibrations due to heavy equipment operations. Vibrations from construction activities are quite common and rarely cause any problems. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation. For construction activity hours of work, the City of Ottawa follows provincial requirements and the City’s Noise By-law (2017-255).

Contact information

For any emergency outside normal working hours, please call the City at 3-1-1.
For general project information, please contact the City’s Project Manager.
For construction related questions or concerns, please contact the Contractor Representative.

Construction commencement notice (March 2022)

This notice is to advise that construction in your neighbourhood will be starting in 2022.

What: This project will upgrade four (4) existing ‘flow through’ sanitary wastewater pump stations located in Bay Ward (Ward 7) to improve their operation and reliability. The flow through stations normally operate as a gravity sewer; however, they switch operation from a gravity sewer to a sanitary pump station once the downstream receiving sanitary trunk sewer is surcharged or overtaxed to prevent upstream basement flooding.

Improvements are required for upgrades for reliability and resiliency as the current configuration requires regular maintenance and manual operation. The proposed upgrades include installing new backup generators required for emergency situations, replacing existing pumps with two (2) new pumps (One Duty and One Standby/Backup), updating electrical and instrumentation to current standard requirements and other miscellaneous improvements.

Why: Due to the age, condition and level of operation and maintenance required for the existing infrastructure and the lack of redundancy from basement sewer backup protection, the City will be proceeding with the completion of the work required to improve the reliability of these pumping stations. The project will upgrade each station to have redundancy in pumping (duty/standby configuration), resiliency in instrumentation monitoring, power and controls to reduce the likelihood of having a failure that could result in flooding.

Where and When:

  • Construction for the Pooler and Deschênes sanitary Pump Station (84 Pooler Avenue) is planned for May 2022 and is expected to be completed by summer 2023.
  • Construction for the Britannia and Howe sanitary pump station (247 Britannia Road) is planned for June 2022 and is expected to be completed by summer 2023.
  • Construction for the McEwen sanitary pump station (31 McEwen Avenue) is planned for August 2022 and is expected to be completed by summer 2023.
  • Construction for the Lincoln Heights sanitary pump station (easement between 219 and 225 Lincoln Heights Road) is planned for September 2022 and is expected to be completed by summer 2023.

All proposed upgrades will be installed within City right of way or within existing legal City Utility Easement. Proposed backup generators will also be installed within City Park Land or City right of way.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the Contractor, Black & McDonald Ltd., to complete the work.

Traffic management

Lane reductions and alternating traffic can be expected during construction to accommodate the work. Access to private properties will be maintained throughout the construction period. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will maintained.

On-street parking

As the various construction activities are in progress on your street, on-street parking will be restricted. In the event that access to your driveway is restricted due to construction activities, a Temporary On-Street Parking Permit (orange form) will be distributed to permit on-street parking within two blocks of your residence.

Impact on the right of way

The reconstruction is within the City’s right of way but may result in some disruption to part of the private property directly adjacent to the work. The City will reinstate all sections of landscaping, driveways and walkways that are disturbed by construction. However, if you have plants or any other assets located within the City’s right of way that you want to preserve, we suggest that you may want to move the plants in preparation for the construction work

Property damage caused by construction activities

As part of this Contract, the Contractor is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until it is entirely complete, as well as any damages to private property resulting from these construction activities. In the event of such occurrences, all claims for damages should be immediately reported both verbally and in writing to the Contractor and to the City’s on-site Representative. This will ensure prompt notification of appropriate authorities to complete the claim investigations.

Construction disruptions

The Contractor will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of your family and/or operation of your business, but as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the construction work, such as delays and traffic detours, parking restrictions, noise and dust. You may also feel vibrations due to heavy equipment operations. Vibrations from construction activities are quite common and rarely cause any problems. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation. For construction activity hours of work, the City of Ottawa follows provincial requirements and the City’s Noise By-law (2017-255).

Online engagement opportunity (April 2021)

The City of Ottawa continues to take precautionary steps to protect members of the public. As an alternative to hosting in-person public information sessions, information is being posted to Ottawa.ca. The City remains committed to keeping the public informed of projects occurring in your neighbourhood.

A virtual public information session is being held on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 5 pm.

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What: This project will upgrade four (4) existing ‘flow through’ sanitary wastewater pump stations located in Bay Ward (Ward 7) to improve their operation and reliability. The flow through stations normally operate as a gravity sewer; however, switch operation from a gravity sewer to a sanitary pump station once the downstream receiving sanitary trunk sewer is surcharged or overtaxed do prevent upstream basement flooding.

Improvements are required for upgrades for reliability and resiliency as the current configuration requires regular maintenance and manual operation. The proposed upgrades include installing new backup generators required for emergency situations, replacing existing pumps with two (2) new pumps (One Duty and One Standby/Backup), updating electrical and instrumentation to current standard requirements and other miscellaneous improvements.

Why: Due to the age, condition and level of operation and maintenance required for the existing infrastructure and the lack of redundancy from basement sewer backup protection, the City will be proceeding with the completion of the work required to improve the reliability of these pumping stations. The project will upgrade each station to have redundancy in pumping (duty/standby configuration), resiliency in instrumentation monitoring, power and controls to reduce the likelihood of having a failure that could result in flooding.

Where: The project comprises of four (4) locations:

  • Lincoln Heights sanitary pump station: easement between 219 and 225 Lincoln Heights Road
  • McEwen sanitary pump station: 31 McEwen Avenue
  • Pooler and Deschênes sanitary pump station: 84 Pooler Avenue
  • Britannia and Howe sanitary pump station: 247 Britannia Road

All proposed upgrades will be installed within City right of way or within existing legal City Utility Easement. Proposed backup generators will also be installed within City Park Land or City right of way. Generators will not operate unless under emergency situations or for monthly preventative maintenance procedures (for 1 hour every 1 or 2 months during regular business hours).

Who: Design consulting firm Stantec Limited, has been retained by the City of Ottawa to develop a detailed design for upgrades to the Ottawa West Flow Through Stations that is currently scheduled to begin construction in 2021 – Please see below tentative schedule.

When: The current general project schedule is as follows:

  • Design completion: May 2021
  • Construction start: fall 2021
  • Substantial performance: spring 2022 (varies based on site location)
  • Final completion: summer 2022 (varies based on site location)

For further information and/or to submit comments on the project, please contact the City project manager.

Notice of project (February 2021)

This notice is to notify your neighbourhood and community of the design project that is nearing completion. Construction of this project is expected to commence June 2021.

What: This project will upgrade four (4) existing ‘flow through’ sanitary wastewater pump stations located in Bay Ward (Ward 7) to improve their operation and reliability. The flow through stations normally operate as a gravity sewer; however, switch operation from a gravity sewer to a sanitary pump station once the downstream receiving sanitary trunk sewer is surcharged or overtaxed do prevent upstream basement flooding.

Improvements are required for upgrades for reliability and resiliency as the current configuration requires regular maintenance and manual operation. The proposed upgrades include installing new backup generators required for emergency situations, replacing existing pumps with two (2) new pumps (One Duty and One Standby/Backup), updating electrical and instrumentation to current standard requirements and other miscellaneous improvements.

Why: Due to the age, condition and level of operation and maintenance required for the existing infrastructure and the lack of redundancy from basement sewer backup protection, the City will be proceeding with the completion of the work required to improve the reliability of these pumping stations. The project will upgrade each station to have redundancy in pumping (duty/standby configuration), resiliency in instrumentation monitoring, power and controls to reduce the likelihood of having a failure that could result in flooding.

When: Detailed design work is ongoing and is expected to be complete in spring 2021. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2021 and may not be complete until early 2022. A notice will be delivered to local residents prior to the commencement of construction activities.

Where: The project comprises of four (4) locations:

  • Lincoln Heights sanitary pump station: easement between 219 and 225 Lincoln Heights Road
  • McEwen sanitary pump station: 31 McEwen Avenue
  • Pooler and Deschênes sanitary pump station: 84 Pooler Avenue
  • Britannia and Howe sanitary pump station: 247 Britannia Road

All proposed upgrades will be installed within City right of way or within existing legal City Utility Easement. Proposed backup generators will also be installed within City Park Land or City right of way. Generators will not operate unless under emergency situations or for monthly preventative maintenance procedures (for 1 hour every 1 or 2 months during regular business hours).

Who: Design consulting firm Stantec Limited, has been retained by the City of Ottawa to develop a detailed design for upgrades to the Ottawa West Flow Through Stations that is currently scheduled to begin construction in 2021.

Environmental Assessment / Public Involvement

The project is pre-approved under Ontario’s Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) guidelines for reconstruction of existing facilities to provide operational, maintenance or other improvements.