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Woodward Upgrades Sub-Projects

Hamilton Clean Harbour Program

Woodward Wastewater
Treatment Plant Upgrades
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At $340 million, the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades represent the largest investment within the City of Hamilton’s Clean Water Program. The upgrade project is a multi-phase, multi-year process that includes a number of sub-projects, each of which has its own specification and timelines. Learn more about what work is currently taking place as part of this project.

In 2008, the City completed the Woodward Avenue WWTP Service Area Environmental Study Report to determine a plan for upgrades to the Woodward WWTP to manage wet weather flows, provide treatment capacity, and meet treatment objectives defined by the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan, the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks and the Federal Environmental Protection Act.  Here is a link to a summary of the projects currently being implemented as part of this study:  Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades Project Schedule (PDF, 802 KB)

Sub-Project Benefits Supporting Resources Current Status

Tertiary Treatment Upgrades, New Chlorine Contact Tank and Improvements to Red Hill Creek

Improved Effluent Quality: Addition of a tertiary treatment process to allow the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant to meet stringent Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan targets.

Maximizes Plant Hydraulics: Dedicated discharge location into Red Hill Creek required for tertiary treated effluent, and dedicates existing outfall for increased treatment of wet-weather flows.

Red Hill Creek: Improvements, including widening, of Red Hill Creek between the new and existing outfall to convey the new tertiary treated effluent.   

Learn more about Tertiary Treatment

Tertiary Treatment Upgrades Building Rendering
Tertiary Treatment Upgrades Building Rendering

Contractor: North American Construction Ltd.

Construction began May 2019.

The contractor is working on forming and pouring the basement of the new Tertiary Treatment Facility, continuing excavation and concrete works for Phase 1 of the South Plant Expansion, and commencing excavation for the new Chlorine Contact Chamber. Improvement  works in Red Hill Creek began in November and is scheduled to be completed by end of 2020. 

Main Wastewater Pumping Station Upgrades

Increased Capacity: Meet future wet-weather capacity needs of 1700 MLD.

Improved Conveyance: Larger and deeper wet well to mitigate system flooding, provide increased system storage and reduce solids buildup during dry weather flows.

Improved Maintenance: Split wet well design allowing for half of the wet well to be taken off-line for maintenance, while pumping station remains in operation.

Main Pumping Station Contract 1 Renderings:

Final, Woodward Aerial 1Hamilton Clean Harbour Program - Main Pumping Station - Contract 1, architectural drawing 2
Final 2nd Draft, Eye1
Hamilton Clean Harbour Program - Main Pumping Station - Contract 1, architectural drawing 3
Final 2nd Draft, Low Aerial
Hamilton Clean Harbour Program - Main Pumping Station - Contract 1, architectural drawing 1
Full size Pumping Station Architectural Renderings (PDF, 403 KB)

Video: Take a Tour - 3D Wet Well - Fly Through

Contractor: Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd./Ball Construction Ltd. joint venture

Construction began May 2017.

Construction of new plant entrance complete as of October 2017, along with relocation of the City’s site offices.

Concrete works for wet and dry well walls, as well as the service area are completed. The 12 pumps have been installed, with process piping construction underway and electrical installations commenced. Precast roofing has been installed and mechanical works are underway.

Electrical and Chlorination System Upgrades

Replace Aging Assets: Reduce risk by replacing critical assets at the end of their useful life.

Increased Standby Power: Provide sufficient standby power to all essential loads.

Energy Efficiencies: Maximize energy efficiencies wherever possible.

Electrical Upgrades - Contract 2 Current State:

Electrical Upgrades - Contract 2 Renderings

Full size Electrical Architectural Renderings (PDF, 315 KB)

Contractor: Alberici Constructors, Ltd.

Construction began October 2017.

Structural work for the new Energy Power Centre is complete, with architectural works nearly finished. Works on major electrical equipment is continuing with commissioning activities expected to begin Q2 2020.