St. Mary’s to purchase new recycle pumps for water treatment plant

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ST. MARY’S—Council for the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s has approved immediate funding of $5,730 to replace both recently failed recycle pumps at the water treatment facility in Sherbrooke.

According to Chief Administrative Officer Marissa Jordan during a special council meeting on May 25, “Right now, [neither] are operational … They need to be replaced as soon as possible.”

The pumps are used in the efficient pre-treatment of raw water prior to sand filtration. Increasingly, however, the machines have been breaking down and, Jordan explained, “When this process is offline, our operators have to do additional back washes to the system of sand filters, which leads to increased labour costs, as well as spiking our water usage.”

She added that the problem was identified in the last couple of weeks by both the municipality’s works department and consultants from environmental engineering firm CLC, which has been “helping to provide coverage … A lot of times with permanent environment and water utility or wastewater facilities, you need the redundancy of [two pumps] in case something happens to one … This [expenditure] will replace those and cut down our back washes.”

In an email to The Journal, Jordan said the situation was “not an emergency, [but] more of an efficiency issue.”

Council agreed to hire Ed’s Plumbing and Heating Ltd. of Antigonish to replace both pumps, with the expense to be allotted from the municipality’s 2022-23 gas tax reserve fund. The work is expected to begin in four to six weeks.

Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal

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