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 is initiating a WDSINS in 2012 that will investigate alternatives for a long range capital and operating plan for the City's potable water distribution system.  The City is committed to developing a comprehensive plan that will incorporate all facets of the management, expansion and funding of the potable water distribution system over a 25-year timeframe.

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 will provide 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.

This study will be conducted in accordance with the Master Plan Approach of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) process. An integral component of this study will be public consultation with various interested stakeholders.  A Public Information Centre (PIC) will be held in 2014 to provide information regarding the study findings on existing conditions of infrastructure, future growth potential, and water flow requirements. Details will be advertised as the study progresses. Input received will be considered in the preparation of the study document

Currently City Staff are reviewing the draft document to ensure a comprehensive plan is created.  Once the initial review by Staff is completed, a PIC will be scheduled to receive comments.

A mailing list for notification purposes is being prepared. If you are interested in being placed on the mailing list, or if you have any questions, please contact either of the individuals listed below:

Ms. Sue Noble, P.Eng.
Project Manager
Associated Engineering
Suite 208, 110A Hannover Drive
St. Catharines, ON L2W 1A4
Tel.: 905-346-0990 ext. 237
Email: nobles@ae.ca
Mr. Jim Huppunen, A.Sc.T.
Manager of Engineering Services
City of Port Colborne
66 Charlotte Street
Port Colborne, ON L3K 3C8
Tel.: 905-835-2900 ext. 221
Email: jimhuppunen@portcolborne.ca

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 is initiating a Storm Sewer System Infrastructure Needs Study.  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 will provide 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.

This Study will be conducted in accordance with the Master Plan Approach of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) process. An integral component of this study will be public consultation with various interested stakeholders.  A Public Information Centre (PIC) will be held in the near future to provide information regarding the study findings on existing infrastructure condition and capacity, and level of service.  Details will be advertised as the study progresses. Input received will be considered in the preparation of the study document.

Currently City Staff are reviewing the draft document to ensure a comprehensive plan is created.  Once the initial review by Staff is completed, a PIC will be scheduled to receive comments.

A mailing list for notification purposes is being prepared. If you are interested in being included on the mailing list, or if you have any questions, please contact either of the individuals listed below:

Ms. Sue Noble, P.Eng.
Project Manager
Associated Engineering
Suite 208, 110A Hannover Drive
St. Catharines, ON L2W 1A4
Tel.: 905-346-0990 ext. 237
Email: nobles@ae.ca
Mr. Jim Huppunen, A.Sc.T.
Manager of Engineering Services
City of Port Colborne
66 Charlotte Street
Port Colborne, ON L3K 3C8
Tel.: 905-835-2900 ext. 221
Email: jimhuppunen@portcolborne.ca

Notice of Study Commencement

Notice of Public Information Centre

PIC November 24 2014

Notice of Study Completion

 
 

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.

In 2013, Council received Engineering & Operations Department, Engineering Division Report # 2013-28 and approved this report with the following amended recommendation:

That City Council receive this report for information purposes; and

That staff be instructed to move forward with the implementation of Phase 1 of the Servicing of Site 4 of the East Side Employment Lands; and further

That a Project Advisory Committee be formed consisting of a member(s) of Council, senior municipal staff and Region of Niagara staff.

That Councillors Steele, Kenny, Elliott and Mayor Badawey be appointed to serve as Council representatives on the Project Advisory Committee.

Subsequently, Staff prepared Request for Proposal documents, in order to hire a consultant for the preparation of the detailed design of appropriate services for the East Side Employment Lands Site 4.

Report 2014-15 was presented to Council at the May 12, 2014 Regular Meeting of Council and approved with the following recommendation:

That the Council of the City of Port Colborne award the Request for Proposal - Qualification of Consulting Services for Site Servicing of East Side Employment Lands Project, to AECOM Canada Ltd. of St. Catharines, Ontario, for the total proposed price including additional services of $381,628, plus applicable taxes, and

 That the project be debentured in the amount of $381,326, excluding taxes, through the Infrastructure Ontario Loan Program for a period of thirty years, and

 That the appropriate by-law, whereby the City enters into an engineering agreement, be prepared and submitted for execution by the Mayor and City Clerk.

City Staff have met with AECOM to initiate the project. 

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 is now starting the third phase of its Inflowand Infiltration Reduction Program in the area serviced by the Nickel Street Sewage Pump Station, as illustrated by the map to the right. 

The I&I Program involved an inspection of the sanitary sewer connection of each home or business within the study area. The inspections were completed at no cost to property owners.  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.

The private property inspections have been completed and the City is currently reviewing the state of the storm sewer.  The majority of the properties in the study area 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.

An additional program was started in the Summer of 2011 which has been focused on determining the condition and capacity of the storm sewer system in the Omer Area.

It has been determined through these inspection programs that further review of the storm sewer system is required.  The City initiated a Storm Sewer Infrastructure Needs Study in 2012 to update the Master Storm Drainage plan for the entire urban area.

For additional information please contact either of the individuals listed below:

Ms. Sue Noble, P.Eng.
Project Manager
Associated Engineering
Suite 208, 110A Hannover Drive
St. Catharines, ON L2W 1A4
Tel.: 905-346-0990 ext. 237
Email: nobles@ae.ca
Mr. Jim Huppunen, A.Sc.T.
Manager of Engineering Services
City of Port Colborne
66 Charlotte Street
Port Colborne, ON L3K 3C8
Tel.: 905-835-2900 ext. 221
Email: jimhuppunen@portcolborne.ca

Omer Area Map

 

Resident Letter

Fact Sheet #1

Fact Sheet #2

Report 2012-3 CSO Management Plan Application for Funding

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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