A sod-turning ceremony was held to celebrate the beginning of construction of the Town of Gander’s new wastewater treatment plant. Representatives of the federal government and Percy Farwell, Mayor of Gander, joined Gander MHA John Haggie for the event.
“This is a big day for the Town of Gander, as we have been excitedly awaiting the commencement of the biggest project the Town Council of Gander has ever undertook,” Farwell said. “Council is proud to invest in a new and improved wastewater treatment system that will meet federal standards.”
The project will greatly increase the performance and capacity of Gander’s wastewater treatment system. The new wastewater treatment plant and over 2.5 km of new piping to transport wastewater from the Magee sewage treatment plant will ensure that the municipality can meet federal Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations.
The Wastewater Treatment Plant will be located south east of Whitman’s Pond and construction is expected to conclude in early winter of 2020.
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador provided $10.37 million to the project, while the federal government contributed up to $11.68 million. Local municipalities were responsible for the remaining costs, which are estimated at over $13 million.