$55.5-MILLION PROJECT: New wastewater treatment plant goes online

CORNWALL, Ontario – The completion of the largest construction project in the City of Cornwall’s history will be marked at a ceremony Friday.

The new $55.5-million wastewater treatment plant, under construction for two and a half years at the east end of Montreal, is for all intents and purposes done.

Kevin Lajoie, the city’s information officer, said the plant is “99 per cent” completed and testing of the new system has also been undertaken.

“They’ve basically built a brand new plant,” he said.

The facility is a so-called “secondary treatment” facility that includes significant upgrades to the previous plant that was built in the late 1960s.

The upgrades will create an increased capacity at the plant, and will also decrease contaminants released into the St. Lawrence River.

The ultimate goal is to see the St. Lawrence area removed from a list of “areas of concern” by the province.

The cost of the project is being shared equally by the city, as well as the federal and provincial governments.

A ceremony marking the completion of the project will take place Friday at 1 p.m. at the facility.

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