Lac-à-la-Pêche plant with “current technology will never work” | Drinking water Shawinigan early in 2021

Since the announcement of the boil water advisory for 30,000 Shawinigan residents on December 1, 2021, several attempts to operate the facility have failed. The membranes clog up too quickly, which wears them out prematurely and therefore reduces their lifespan. As a result, the city is increasingly mired in an economic abyss. The mayor wants to stop the bleeding.

We can’t stay in a situation like this and we can’t spend a million dollars every two years to change the membranesagrees the mayor.

Another factory is planned

For the first time, Michel Angers does not rule out the construction of another filtration plant if that were the only option. He’s waiting very soon the recommendations of the engineers responsible for proposing a permanent solution. Recurring replacement of the membranes would require several million dollars of investment for the city over the life of the plant without ever achieving optimal performance.

I need it in the end, we can go to bed on Friday night without fear of Saturday morning blowing up and it not working […] I’m no expert, but in my opinion it requires new technologyhe claims.

This technology is traditional filtration, which is especially used in Trois-Rivières. ans. Est-ce que ça sera la solution permanente pour nous ? Peut-être. “,”text”:”Si je regarde Trois-Rivières, ça fonctionne bien depuis 30-40-50ans. Est-ce que ça sera la solution permanente pour nous ? Peut-être. “}}”>If I look at Trois-Rivières, things have worked well for 30-40-50 years. Will this be the permanent solution for us? Maybe.

Michel Angers is hopeful that the case will develop in 2023, but warns citizens that the return to normal will be long.

2023 will be the year for the permanent solution. After that, we will talk about years, even three, four, five years for transformations. We are starting a marathon of at least three to four five years he admits.

However, he is categorical: There is no question of reliving the same nightmare as last year, when he had to inform 30,000 citizens that from now on they should boil the water before consuming it. The consultation lasted seven months and caused its share of discontent and problems among citizens.

One thing I want to make sure of, and that is that citizens will never again have to live with a preventive notice. [de faire bouillir l’eau] as we last saw when it lasted several monthshe says.

Help from Quebec required

How much will the investments be? The chief magistrate has not responded at the moment, but he will need the provincial government to absorb most of the bill. He recalls that the city had no choice but to choose this technology at the time to comply with the lowest compliant bidder policy required by Quebec.

It is not up to the citizens of Shawinigan to pay for another plant. They pay for one and that’s enough »

A quote from Michel Angers, Mayor of Shawinigan

The bill will depend on the outcome of the city’s $23.3 million lawsuit against general contractor Allen, engineering firm WSP and membrane filtration technology provider Suez. Michel Angers holds them responsible for the current setbacks, especially Suez as should have known that membrane filtration would not work with Lac-à-la-Pêche water.

He knows that the fight will be long. Suez, which merged with Veolia, is a multinational with an annual turnover of over 30 billion dollars. Shawinigan figures Quebec will
support him in legal proceedings.

Someone somewhere has to pay. If a new factory transformation costs $40 or $50 million, that will be part of the lawsuit. We have received confirmation that the government will help us. It becomes a matter of determining at what level. »

A quote from Michel Angers, Mayor of Shawinigan

The member for Laviolette-Saint-Maurice Marie-Louise Tardif, for her part, ensures that the government will support the City when the new recovery plan is submitted to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. This plan must include a permanent solution that will solve the drinking water problem in Shawinigan once and for all.

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