June 28, 2010
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York opens new Schomberg Water Treatment Plant

Technology used unique to York Region
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York today celebrated the official opening of our newest water treatment plant with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the facility. 
The new Schomberg Water Treatment Plant, servicing the community of Schomberg, is the only one in York Region to use this unique combination of technologies to ensure the highest level of water treatment.
“We are extremely proud of this plant as it is the culmination of six years of hard work by dedicated teams of engineers, designers, construction and operations personnel,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Their dedication and care, along with the high quality standards of work, are what made the project a success.  The former water plant had numerous operational challenges to address and this new plant is truly excellence in design.”
The groundwater source for the Schomberg Water Treatment Plant is the Thorncliffe Aquifer.  Extensive monitoring and testing indicates that the raw water is high in iron, manganese, ammonia and methane, posing operational challenges for plant operators.  Using a unique combination of methane strippers, ceramic filters and UV disinfection, the plant is able to deliver safe, delicious drinking water that meets Ontario’s stringent conditions on water quality. 
Construction of the plant started in June 2008 and was completed in May 2010.  This followed a four-year design, planning and approval stage.
“For the past six years, we have watched this project evolve from the planning stages, through construction and finally to where we are today,” said King Township Mayor Margaret Black.  “The expansion of this plant will help our community as we welcome new families and businesses to Schomberg.”
The Schomberg Water Treatment Plant has been designed and built to treat 5,435,000 litres per day; the current demand on the system is 700,000 litres per day.  The system is designed to service both the current population as well as future development.
Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, York Region staff took guests on a tour of the state-of-the-art facility to highlight the technological advances being used to address naturally-occurring challenges. 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Barbara Moss, Corporate Communications, York Region
Phone: 905-830-4444 Ext. 1237 / Cell: 905-505-5775
Email: barbara.moss@york.ca

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