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Projects approved in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Lift station 21 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay is getting an odour control unit installed.
Lift station 21 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay is getting an odour control unit installed. - Evan Careen

Fire and domestic pumps, lift station odour control and waterline replacement in the works.




People living the valley area of town may notice a difference in the water pressure, or lack thereof, next summer. The town approved just under $1.2 million at the last public council meeting on Aug. 27 to install fire pumps and domestic pumps in Sandhill reservoir and the D42 reservoir.

“We found that in the summertime we have low pressure in the valley on high demand days,” said town engineer Randy Dillon. “These domestic pumps will increase the pressure during these high flow days in the summer. The new fire pumps will also give us an added degree of system reliability when a firefighting situation arises.”

Dillon said they had $913,000 approved for those projects and tenders came in about $259,000 over so they used funds available from the 2017-2020 multi year capital works program to top up the initial funds required.

Dillon said since most of the work will be done inside there isn’t as much of a rush as in some other projects to complete by the end of the construction season but they hope to have the pumps installed before Christmas.

Odour Control

The town also approved a contract for the installation of an odour control unit for Lift Station 21 on Hamilton River Road. A contract for the supply of the unit had been awarded earlier.

“It’s the town largest lift station and has a tendency to produce odour in the area and I think what it is, is because of the large amount of grease and fats that are accumulating in the lift station and when they start to decay they produce an odour,” Dillon said.

He said there have been complaints from residents and that’s what lead to this installation. He said what they have been doing, on a regular basis, is taking the fire truck and flushing out the chamber to make sure there isn’t any accumulation of grease and fats. The unit is supposed to contain, reduce and treat the odour coming from the lift station.

Dillon said they had trouble with the tender last year

“It was tendered and came in high,” he said. “Municipal Affairs suggested we retender it again this year. We broke the project into two parts; one for the supply of the unit and one for the installation and now it’ll finally get done in the next couple of months. Although the tender still came in above the budgeted amount, it was $20,000 less than last year’s tender.”

The extra $69,000 required to complete this project was re-allocated from a savings in the 2014-2017 multi-year capital works program and the total cost will be $192,000, he said. This savings in the amount of $536,000 was a result of the tender for the wellfield expansion being lower than the budgeted amount of $2,051,000.

Water line replacement

The replacement of the backup water line on Hamilton River Road from Sandhill reservoir up to the D19 reservoir (next to former the Midway restaurant) at a cost of approximately $400,000 will also funded from the savings on that project.

Dillon said it’s a backup line that can be used to pump water from Sandhill up to D19 and also the D42 reservoir in the event of an emergency. Town workers were doing some testing last year and found there were breaks in this line.

“After we excavated to repair the break, we realized that a lot of line was broken,” he said. “We think at some point in the past, where the water wasn’t being used on a regular basis since it was a backup line, it must have frozen and broken. So now with this type of installation, the pipe will be drained when not in use so that won’t be an issue in the future.”

 The money will be used to install about 350 metres of 200 mm high-density polyethylene pipe.

“We have the pipe bought and this contract would be for the installation of the pipe,” Dillon said. “It shouldn’t take longer than two-three weeks. The challenge now is getting all the approvals in place from the Department of Environment and Municipal Affairs and so on.”

He said they plan have it done before the end of the construction season and it shouldn’t interrupt traffic.

“It’s all going to be off the south side of the road so there won’t be any traffic disruption. The crossings are done, they weren’t damaged so it’ll just be a straight  installation from Sandhill to D19. There will be some construction traffic associated with the installation but as far as detour as lane closures we should be fine.”

Council approved that project as well at the Aug. 27 meeting.

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