Shadow Ridge Deep Wells

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Project status
Planned

Project overview

Project description

The City of Ottawa is undertaking a design to replace the two existing shallow drinking water production wells at the Shadow Ridge communal well system. Two to three new deep drinking water production wells will be drilled approximately 150 metres deep into the Nepean Aquifer.

Project timing

Design: underway

Phase 1 - Well drilling

  • Construction start: spring 2022
  • Construction completion: end of 2022

Phase 2 - Treatment pumphouse upgrades

  • Construction start: mid 2023
  • Construction completion: end of 2023

Project budget

Approved project funds to date are $2,600,000.

Public engagement

An online public engagement opportunity is expected to be held in the spring of 2022, to present the design drawings to the public. At this time the public will be able to review the design, ask questions and provide comments on the proposed works.

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 a disability-related accommodation, please contact the City Project Manager. 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
Jeff DeLoyde
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Infrastructure and Water Services, Design and Construction - Municipal
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-806-1828

Contract Administrator
Andrew Bernius, P.Eng.
Stantec
Tel:  613-462-3809

Contractor Representative
Kyle Smith
Aardvark Drilling Inc.
Tel.: 613-296-8779

Construction notice (June 2022)

Beginning in July, the City of Ottawa will start construction for the drilling of drinking water production wells in your neighbourhood.

What: The City of Ottawa will be drilling new deep wells for the Shadow Ridge communal drinking water system, to replace the existing shallow groundwater wells. After the deep wells are drilled and tested, the design to connect the new, deeper wells to the existing pumping station will be completed.

Why: The new deep wells will provide a secure high quality drinking water supply for the future.

When: Construction is expected to begin early July and be completed by spring 2023.

Where: The existing Shadow Ridge communal well system is located at 6505B Waterdown Street in Greely. The City will construct the new deep wells on a recently acquired property adjacent to the north side of the existing pumping station.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the contractor, Aardvark Drilling Inc., to complete the work.

Traffic management

Vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist traffic will not be impacted.

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 work, such as traffic delays, 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).

Municipal class environmental assessment study - Notice of commencement (May 2022)

Shadow Ridge Deep Wells
Municipal class environmental assessment study: Notice of commencement

Overview

The City of Ottawa has initiated the Shadow Ridge Deep Wells Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study. The existing Shadow Ridge Communal Water Well System in the Village of Greely, located at 6505B Waterdown St. (Figure 1), is operated by the City of Ottawa. The existing shallow ground water supply wells serving the Shadow Ridge community were built in 1998. Previous studies have determined that Shadow Ridge requires a new water source, therefore, the purpose of this study is to recommend solutions to improve water quality and supply at Shadow Ridge.

This is an image of the location of the existing pumping station at 6505B Waterdown Street.

Figure 1: Location of Shadow Ridge Communal Well Water System

Public consultation and study timeline

The consultation process involves many stakeholders, including Indigenous Nations, regulatory agencies, landowners, and the general public. An on-line public consultation event is scheduled at a future date to seek additional input on the study.

Study process and timeline

The study will be undertaken in accordance with the requirements of a Schedule B project as outlined in the Municipal Class EA document, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015. The study will evaluate the need for additional water supply, review existing conditions, develop and evaluate a range of alternative solutions, and identify a Preferred Solution that is cost effective, technically feasible and minimizes impact on the environment. This information will be presented to the public through a Public Information Session proposed for Winter 2022/2023.

As part of the study process, a Project File will be prepared to document the planning process, present the Preferred Solution and identify future commitments and approvals required to implement the project. The Project File will be available for review for a period of 30 calendar days. The study is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2023.

For more information

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the City of Ottawa Project Manager at the coordinates below.

Jeff DeLoyde, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., PMP
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Infrastructure Services, Design & Construction Branch
Infrastructure and Water Services Department
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON, K2G 6J8
Phone: 613-806-1828

Newspaper posting date: May 14, 2022

Online engagement opportunities (April 12 to May 11, 2022)

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 and virtual information sessions are being held. The City remains committed to keeping the public informed of projects occurring in your neighborhood.

The City of Ottawa invites you to review and provide comments on the Shadow Ridge Deep Wells Project by May 11, 2022.

A virtual public information session is also being held on Wednesday April 27, 2022 at 7 pm.

Presentation [ 1.99 MB ]

What: The City of Ottawa is undertaking a project to provide new deep wells for the Shadow Ridge communal drinking water system, to replace the existing shallow groundwater wells. After the deep wells are drilled and tested, the design to connect the new, deeper wells to the existing pumping station will be completed.

Why: The new deep wells will provide a secure high quality drinking water supply for the future.

Where: The existing Shadow Ridge communal well system is located at 6505B Waterdown Street in Greely. The City will construct the new deep wells on a recently acquired property adjacent to the north side of the existing pumping station.

This is an image of the location of the existing pumping station at 6505B Waterdown Street.

When: The current project schedule is as follows:

  • Well drilling design completion: 2022
  • Well drilling and testing: summer and fall 2022
  • Pump station upgrade design completion: 2023
  • Pump station upgrade construction and commissioning of the deep wells is expected in 2023-2024 (drinking water from the deep wells will be provided to residents at this time)

Notices will be sent to residents prior to each phase of construction.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the design consulting firm, Stantec, to develop a design for the deep wells and pumping station upgrade.

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