Huge Sewage Project Unveiled


This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Infrastructure investments are vital to creating jobs, strengthening the middle class and building more inclusive and healthy communities where families can work, learn and play.

The Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel (CSST) project will help protect the environment, prevent floods, and ensure that middle class Canadians and their families can enjoy recreational activities like swimming and kayaking on a cleaner and healthier Ottawa River.

Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure and Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa West–Nepean, and his Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, announced that more than $232 million in government funding will go to the CSST project. The Honourable Andrew Leslie, Chief Government Whip and Member of Parliament for Orléans, also participated in the announcement.

The project will include the construction of two tunnels: an east-west tunnel through the downtown core from LeBreton Flats to New Edinburgh Park, and a north-south tunnel along Kent Street from Catherine Street to existing infrastructure, just behind the Supreme Court of Canada. This project will greatly reduce the frequency of sewage overflows into the Ottawa River during storms, reduce the risk of basement flooding for several low-lying lands in the Glebe/O’Connor area, and increase operational flexibility and redundancy to major collector sewers. Once rainfall has subsided, this water will be treated and returned safely to the Ottawa River.

Construction has already begun on the CSST project, the largest portion of the Ottawa River Action Plan, to help ensure that the Ottawa River is sustainable into the future. Today’s investment demonstrates a clear commitment to investing in local infrastructure projects that will ensure Canadians have access to a healthy local environment and reliable public services for years to come.

The governments of Canada and Ontario are each providing $62.09 million. In addition, the City of Ottawa has committed $107 million.



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6 thoughts on “Huge Sewage Project Unveiled

  1. There is a very long run on sentence to start the second paragraph. More than one Communications prof is likely shaking her/his head in bemusement, wondering how the art of communication has sunk to this level. Far more importantly, how did they decide that MP Andrew Leslie got his own sentence, albiet as a trailer to close the paragraph? Imagine how many acolytes were involved in determining the order of the names.

    Having said all of that, I was under the impression that actual physical work on the sewer rework project had started quite some time ago. I guess I dozed off before finishing reading the paragraph honouring the elected officials in all of the preceding press releases on this project.

    It is long past the time to put a stop to the killing of pixels in an effort to massage the egos of our multitude of elected officials, as they bask in what passes for glory, on the taxpayers’ dime.

    1. Ron:

      Is this the big holding tank for sewage overflows from big rain storms or something else?

      I thought the sewage overflow tank was old news. Are they re-announcing old news?



      1. Ken,

        From what I have read on the city website, the CSST is the project that is supposed to retain the mix of storm and sanitary sewage that flows through the antiquated systems of central Ottawa. The holding tank under Parliament Hill (symbolic?) is Site 6 on the map. As I said in my initial post, I thought physical work on the project had already started.

        It appears that the pixels slain to date by the city communications department, in conjunction with however many speeches that have been made by His Honour, were just the prelude – design phase, environmental assessments etc.

  2. Many projects are supposed to have been started a long time ago. The “holding tank” as I remember is one.

    Another was the treatment of wastewater runoff from Trail Road. It was passed by the city council of the day about 10 years ago and funds allocated but never done. So Ottawa still trucks toxic waste from a dump and empties it into the city sewer “treatment” system where the solution to pollution is still an engineering marvel called dilution.

    No improvement to the actual treatment with the tunnels. Still secondary removal of chunks and make a slurry albeit it somewhat diluted and dump the sludge residue onto agricultural lands.

    Better than Victoria, B.C. where city waste is pipped directly into the ocean.

  3. Now if we can just get Quebec and Gatineau to clean up the Gatineau River, the Ottawa River might have a brighter (cleaner) future.

  4. So somewhere along the line someone thought it was better to spend $2.1 billion on a choo choo train and continue to dump raw sewage into the river?

    I would think that zero raw sewage into the environment should come before anything else.


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