Current Studies/Projects

Below you will find information on the current status of studies in the Engineering and Operations department.

 
 

Water Distribution System Infrastructure Needs Study

The City of Port Colborne is responsible for water distribution to approximately 19,200 residents. The City's current Water Distribution System Infrastructure Needs Study (WDSINS) was completed in 1996; the majority of the recommended capital upgrades have been implemented.

The City of Port Colborne initiated a WDSINS in 2012 that investigated alternatives for a long range capital and operating plan for the City's potable water distribution system.

Subsequently, a WDINS was budgeted for in the Financial Plan, and was budgeted to be completed every 5-6 years in the future.  Undertaking an INS every 5-6 years will ensure that the most up-to-date information is available for the preparation of the Financial Plan (which has to be re-submitted with the license renewal every 5 years), and will result in more meaningful projections and expenditure forecasting.

The WDSINS provides the City with strategies necessary to manage infrastructure improvements and growth in the most effective and efficient manner. The study also identifies the individual projects required to complement these strategies, and prioritize these projects based on need.

The study was conducted in accordance with the Master Plan Approach of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) process.

The WDINS was completed in 2014.  Engineering & Operations Department-Engineering Division Report 2014-31 was presented to Council in September 2014.

Please contact Jim Huppunen, A.Sc.T. regarding the above project at jimhuppunen@portcolborne.ca or 905-835-2900 ext. 221.

 

Report 2014-31 Water INS Update

Report 2012-08  Water INS Award

Notice of Study Commencement

Notice of Public Information Centre

PIC Nov 24 2014

Notice of Study Completion

 
 

Storm Sewer System Infrastructure Needs Study

STUDY AREA

The City of Port Colborne covers an area of approximately 12,380 ha with a serviced area of 2,388 ha and a population of approximately 19,200.  The City provides storm drainage through a network of storm sewers, ditches and municipal drains.

 The City of Port Colborne initiated a Storm Sewer System Infrastructure Needs Study (SSINS) in 2012.  The objective of the Study is to undertake a comprehensive analysis and review of the City's existing storm sewer network to identify existing and potential future deficiencies in the collection of storm water runoff and address storm water discharge quality.

The City is committed to developing a comprehensive plan that will incorporate all facets of the management, expansion and funding of the Storm Drainage System over a 25 year timeframe.

The Study provides the City with strategies necessary to manage infrastructure improvements and growth in the most effective and efficient manner. The study will also identify the individual projects required to complement these strategies, and prioritize these projects based on need.

The study was conducted in accordance with the Master Plan Approach of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) process.

The SSINS was completed in 2014.  Engineering & Operations Department-Engineering Division Report 2014-32 was presented to Council in September 2014.

Please contact Jim Huppunen, A.Sc.T. regarding the above project at jimhuppunen@portcolborne.ca or 905-835-2900 ext. 221

Report 2014-32   SSINS Update

Report 2012-39  SSINS Award

Notice of Study Commencement

Notice of Public Information Centre

PIC November 24 2014

Notice of Study Completion

Final Report Storm Sewer System INS

 
 

East Side Employment Lands

The process to create additional Employment Lands within the City of Port Colborne began with a study in 2010.  This study identified several parcels of land on the east side of the Welland Canal north of Second Concession Road.  Of the several parcels identified, Site 4 contained City owned lands that are capable of being serviced for future industrial development.

AECOM completed a presentation of the preliminary design and developable lands at the January 26, 2015 Regular Meeting of Council.

Staff have been actively working with AECOM to finalize the Master Plan Project Report as well as the detailed design of the water and sanitary services for the area.  The Draft Master Plan Project Report and 90% Detailed Design Drawings were reviewed by City Staff in March 2016.  The Master Plan Project Report will be available for Public viewing later in 2016.

Please contact Jim Huppunen, A.Sc.T. regarding the above project at jimhuppunen@portcolborne.ca or 905-835-2900 ext. 221

Report 2015-181 Progress Update October 2015

Report 2015-15 Progress Update January 2015

Report 2014-15  Award

Report 2013-28 Site Servicing for Phase 1

Notice of Study Commencement

Notice of PIC March 23, 2015

PIC Display Boards

PIC Comment Sheet

 
 

CSO Management Plan (Inflow & Infiltration Reduction Program)

In conjunction with the Regional Municipality of Niagara, the City of Port Colborne is committed to reducing unnecessary sewage treatment costs, the potential for basement flooding, and combined sewer overflows, by reducing infiltration of storm water to the sanitary sewage collection and treatment system through its Extraneous Flow Reduction Program. It is estimated that the City spends approximately $ 1 Million each year treating storm water in the sanitary system. These costs are directly absorbed through the City's water and sewer rates.

Sewer Use By-Law

City of Port Colborne Council acting on recommendations from Senior City Staff recently passed a Sewer Use By-Law in support of the Extraneous Flow Reduction Program, making participation in the program mandatory for private property owners to allow City Staff, or those appointed by the City, to inspect private sewer services and private property for sources of extraneous flow.  The purpose of the private service inspections is to assess the condition of the private sewer lateral on your property and determine if any repairs or modifications are necessary to disconnect any sources of rain water. Should the inspection indicate that repair work is necessary, financial assistance is available through the new Sewer Use By-Law , and is anticipated to be sufficient to cover most, if not all costs.

 Extraneous Flow Reduction Program - Nickel Area and Omer Area

The City has completed the studies in the Nickel and Omer Areas.  Recommendations from these studies will need to be budgeted in future years to begin addressing the items found.  The studies concluded that both areas require upgrades to the storm sewers in order to redirect the sump pumps that currently discharge into the sanitary sewer.

Omer Area Map

 The majority of the properties in the study areas were found to have grading that is not conducive to the discharge of sump pumps overland meaning that some type of other connection would be required to the storm sewer to facilitate the disconnection of the sump pump from the sanitary sewer.

In support of its commitment to reducing inflow and infiltration, the City passed a Sewer Use By-law (No.5228/134/08) mandating the disconnection of sump pumps, foundation drains and other such sources, from the sanitary sewer system. To encourage public participation in the program, the by-law includes provisions for financial assistance to complete the necessary repair or retrofit work.  Participation in the I&I Program is mandatory.

 Please contact Jim Huppunen, A.Sc.T. regarding the above project at jimhuppunen@portcolborne.ca or 905-835-2900 ext. 221

 

 

Nickel Area Inflow and Infiltration Reduction Program Final Report

 

 

 Arena Pumping Station Study Area    Pilot Program Study Area

The Arena Area study is now complete. A final report was presented to Counil on November 28, 2011 noting that a successful reduction in extraneous flows was achieved. Cost savings in the Arena Area will amount to approximately $115,000 annually.

We would like to thank all residents in the Arena Area who have participated in this project.

 

Report 2016-09 Update January 2016

Report 2014-30 Update Nickel Area September 2014

Report 2014-29 Update Omer Area September 2014

Report 2012-3 CSO Management Plan Application for Funding

Report 2011-31 Award for Sanitary Lateral Replacements on First Avenue

Report 2011-19 Update on the Omer Pumping Station Area Extraneous Flow Reduction Program

Report 2011-17 Update on the Arena Pumping Station Area Extraneous Flow Reduction Program

Report 2011-07 Annual Water Quality Report for 2010

Report 2011-01 CSO 2011 Funding Application

Report 2010-21 Request to Proceed with Issuing Fines in the Arena Pumping Station Area

Report 2010-2 CSO 2010 Funding Application

Report 2009-51 Update December 2009

Report 2009-33 Award of Rehabilitation Work

Report 2009-08 Proposed Incentive Funding Etraneous Flows Source Removal

Report 2008-86 CSO 2009 Funding Application

Report 2008-80 CSO Management Plan Sewer Use By-Law Adoption

Report 2008-61 CSO Management Action Plan

Resident Letter

Fact Sheet #1

Fact Sheet #2