Construction of Cannington well to start in first quarter of 2019

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Durham Region expects the construction of a new well in Cannington to start in early 2019, subject to the receipt of necessary approvals.

In a March 15 email to Mayor John Grant, included in Monday’s (April 9) agenda package, John Presta, Director of Environmental Services for Durham Region, provided an update regarding the Cannington well and the Sunderland standby well.

The groundwater exploration report for the Cannington well was expected to be submitted in March, wrote Presta. The Class Environmental Assessment Addendum and public filing is expected to follow in April or May.

After that, Presta said detailed design work could proceed at the end of public filing in May or June.

“Based on the project schedule, the project tender is planned to be ready later this year and construction commencing in the first quarter of 2019 subject to receipt of the necessary approvals,” wrote Presta.

With respect to the Sunderland standby well, test drilling was completed in October 2017 at 32 Jane St., the location of the existing water standpipe for the Sunderland water distribution system.

“The hydrogeological report was finalized in February 2018 with consultations including the MOECC (Ministry of Environment and Climate Change) and the Source Protection Authority for the area,” wrote Presta.

“The Region has submitted a formal request for a Declaration Order to the MOECC in order to obtain the necessary approvals to implement the new standby well.”

Presta wrote that a meeting was planned for late March in order to give the Ministry an update.

“Subject to obtaining all approvals it is estimated that a 3-4 month implementation timeline will be required,” he said.