October 11, 2005

New Sutton Water Pollution Control Plant opens
in Town of Georgina

NEWMARKET Town of Georgina Mayor Rob Grossi joined York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch in Sutton today to officially open the new Sutton Water Pollution Control Plant.
The $7 million facility will provide sanitary servicing to 7,500 residents in the growing communities of Sutton and Jackson's Point, and allow for expansion to meet a projected servicing population of 16,500 residents by the year 2016.
"York Region manages our wastewater in an environmentally-friendly manner, and this project demonstrates our commitment to the environment," said Chair Fisch.  "This new water pollution control plant will ensure high sanitary standards continue to be met for local residents and businesses within the local communities."
The Sutton Water Pollution Control Plant replaces the nearly 40-year old Sutton Sewage Treatment Plant, which was decommissioned in 2003 and serviced a population of 4,500 people.
The new facility will process an average of 3,500 cubic metres of effluent (wastewater) per day, with a peak capacity of over 12,000 cubic metres per day.
"This high quality wastewater facility is an excellent example of York Region's commitment to providing our residents with state-of-the-art infrastructure solutions," said Town of Richmond Hill Mayor Bill Bell, Chair of the Region's Transportation and Works committee.  "This plant will service existing community needs, and meet the future needs of this growing area."
"This is a great day for Georgina residents in Sutton and Jackson's Point," said Town of Georgina Mayor Rob Grossi.  "Our residents deserve the very best services we can provide.  I am very pleased to be here at the opening of this impressive facility as we ensure our community continues to enjoy a high standard of service provision."  
The Sutton Water Pollution Control Plant is unique in several respects, and has earned York Region the Ontario Public Works Association's (OPWA) prestigious Project of the Year Award (Environment category).  In honouring the Region with the award, the OPWA noted the project's "good construction management, safety performance, community relations and unusual accomplishments under adverse conditions."
The fully automated plant was designed as a phased project, with Phase I able to service 7,500 residents, and Phase II to eventually service 16,500 residents.  It was managed as a design/build project, with AWS Engineers & Planners (formerly Azurix North America) acting as general contractor and project designer, R.V. Anderson & Associates retained to assist in the development of the Request for Proposals (RFP) in the selection process.  The Sutton Landowner Development Group provided up-front financing.
In addition to a comprehensive construction and safety plan, the design incorporated the use of a lagoon, which provided a catchment area for groundwater during construction, and will act as a containment area in the event of an emergency.  The lagoon will continue to act as a habitat for local waterfowl.
Phase II of the project is estimated to begin in 2011, to meet the population needs of the area by 2016.
Photos from today's official opening are available through York Region Corporate Communications.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at: www.york.ca
Contact:   Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1232
- Email: Michael.kemp@york.ca

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