December 19, 2018
Ingersoll Wastewater Treatment Plant improvements unveiled
The project includes upgrades to – and expansion of – existing Ingersoll wastewater treatment infrastructure
Public Works has unveiled improvements to the Ingersoll Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) after a multi-year construction project that included upgrades to some existing areas of the plant and full demolition and replacement of other areas.
Phase I of this project, designed by R.V. Anderson Associates Ltd., began in 2013 and served to expand the wastewater treatment capacity to an average day flow (ADF) of 12,945 m³/day. Further Phase II upgrades will be completed in the coming years to accommodate a projected ADF of 14,250 m³/day by 2035 to service ongoing growth in the community. This project included:
- Upgrading the 1974 WWTP to provide sufficient treatment capacity during construction
- Constructing new WWTP components to replace the 1947 WWTP infrastructure which was at the end of its useful service life
- Decommissioning the 1947 WWTP while keeping the overall facility operational
- Constructing a new WWTP effluent outfall into the Thames River
The project required technical expertise and a complex phasing strategy, as the older WWTP infrastructure needed to remain functional until the new plant components were operational so as to not disrupt wastewater treatment operations. Given its success, this project is nominated for 2018 Project of the Year by the Ontario Public Works Association.
The Ingersoll Wastewater Treatment Plant provides wastewater treatment for residential, commercial and industrial users in Ingersoll and is designated as a Class III Wastewater Treatment facility. A high level of treatment is achieved before the treated wastewater effluent is discharged back to the environment at the Thames River in full compliance with provincial regulations. Biosolids that are generated at the Ingersoll WWTP are treated and stored offsite before being applied to agricultural land as a valuable fertilizer product.
Mark Maxwell, Project Engineer and Construction Coordinator, Oxford County
“This upgrade and expansion needed complex construction sequencing to ensure that the existing plant remained functional until the new plant was operational to maintain continuity of operations. With the help of our project partners, we have achieved the desired results at the Ingersoll Wastewater Treatment Plant.”
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Cut line: The original (1947) Ingersoll Wastewater Treatment Plant photographed prior to demolition in 2017.
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Cut line: The upgraded Ingersoll Wastewater Treatment Plant photographed following construction in 2018.
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