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2016-12-07 - Charlottetown Receives Engineers PEI Environment Award

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The City of Charlottetown has received an environment award from Engineers PEI for the improvements made in wastewater management and the completion of the Spring Park Combined Sewer Separation Project.

The award was presented at the Engineers PEI Annual General Meeting to the City of Charlottetown. Councillor Edward Rice, Chair of the City’s Water and Sewer Utility committee, and Richard MacEwen, Acting Manager of the department were present to accept the award.

The award is for outstanding engineering projects that have had a significant impact on the natural environment, society, industry, and/or engineering. Projects nominated for the award must display ingenuity, contribute to environmental awareness, preservation and protection, enhance quality of life by improving the environment through engineering and other works, and correct/remediate existing environmental impacts – among other criteria.

"Over the past 25 years, the City has made significant progress towards improved wastewater management. The City has installed new storm sewers, developed storm water retention in areas to take pressure off of the combined systems, separated portions of its aging 1950-60’s sewer infrastructure, made significant improvements to its wastewater treatment plant and eliminated combined sewers," said Joshua Collins, P. Eng, Chair of the Engineers PEI Awards Committee. "This is a significant environmental achievement and very deserving of the Engineers PEI Environment Award."

The Spring Park Combined Sewer Separation Project was put to the test recently. Despite more than 60 millimetres of rainfall reported by the Charlottetown airport observing site on Thanksgiving Day, the new system separating the City’s storm water and sanitary sewer system lines worked as it was intended. There was no overflow event of untreated sewer discharged into the harbour.

Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee said the system functioned just as it was meant to, resolving many of the environment issues associated with combined sewer overflows.

"This is a testament to the research and work of our Utility Department, the support provided to Councillor Edward Rice from Council to move this project forward, and funding from the City and our Federal and Provincial partners," said Mayor Lee. "This represents the better part of 30 years of work and we really appreciate the recognition from the engineering community."  

Many Engineers PEI members made this accomplishment possible, including: the recently retired Craig Walker, P.Eng., who was the Charlottetown Water and Sewer Utility Manager overseeing the upgrade projects; PEI Engineering firms including CBCL Limited and WSP, who provided engineering consulting services and contractors; and Engineers PEI members including WM&M and Island Coastal, who completed many of the construction phases.

"While we very much appreciate this recognition, none of the work could have been completed without the knowledge, skills and support of the many engineers involved from Day 1," said Councillor Rice, Chair of the City’s Water and Sewer Utility committee. "We have a great team. On behalf of the Mayor and Council of Charlottetown, I want to sincerely thank all of the engineers who helped bring these projects to fruition."

For more information on Engineers PEI, visit: http://www.engineerspei.com/ 

Submitted photo attached.
Photo cutline: Charlottetown Water and Sewer Utility Acting Manager Richard MacEwen, left, and Councillor Edward Rice, Chair of the City’s Water and Sewer Utility committee, right, accept the Engineers PEI Environment Award from David Taylor, P.Eng, past President of Engineers PEI. The award was presented at the recent Engineers PEI Annual General Meeting held at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel.

Media contact:

Jennifer Gavin
Communications Officer
City of Charlottetown

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018
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