Peel Region council approved an additional investment of $130 million to increase wastewater capacity by 40 million litres per day (MLD), at the G.E. Booth Water Resource Recovery Facility, (WWRF).

An additional 40 MLD of flow capacity can support additional housing units of between 28,000 and 47,000, depending on the type of development.

“Council’s approval of this significant capital investment demonstrates Peel Region’s commitment to supporting the province’s key housing priorities outlined in Bill 23. Together, we are focused on ensuring a healthy and sustainable community for years to come,” said Nando Iannicca, chair, Peel Region.

Peel Region staff and their consultant have identified opportunities to make increased capacity available sooner by advancing construction through their current capital contractors, ROMAG Contracting Ltd. and CIMA Canada Inc. This will result in additional capacity being available by 2028 instead of 2039, provide better value for tax dollars and support project growth targets from Bill 23.

Peel staff are working on the new capital works master plan, scheduled for completion in 2025, which includes an assessment of the infrastructure required to meet Bill 23 growth projections. As part of this planning work staff are identifying projects that can be advanced earlier. The investment to increase capacity at G.E. Booth is one such project.

“Peel Region owns and operates the 2nd largest water and wastewater systems in Ontario and 4th largest in Canada, with world class systems and talent. This investment in our largest water resource recovery facility is dependent on future flow of development charges and ensures we are using utility dollars in the most sensible way to support effective long-term growth in Peel,” said Gary Kent, chief administrative officer.

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The G.E. Booth (Lakeview) Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) is the Region of Peel’s largest wastewater treatment plant. The facility originally went into service in 1955 and has undergone multiple expansions and currently has a capacity of 518 MLD. The plant serves the eastern portion of the Region of Peel and part of York Region. The plant is designed to treat municipal wastewater from residential, commercial, and industrial customers.

“Peel Public Works staff is taking on the challenge of supporting accelerated housing growth in Peel by finding innovative opportunities to advance capital projects. By advancing this extra work we will have increased capacity at G.E. Booth years sooner and at a lower cost,” said Kealy Dedman, commissioner, Public Works.

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