$50 million renovation of historic Toronto water facilities announced

A major rehabilitation of the below ground settling basins of two landmark and long-serving Toronto, Ontario water facilities will get underway this fall.

The R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant is the second oldest of Toronto’s water treatment plants and produces 34 per cent of the city’s water. It went into operation in 1941.

The facilities include the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant in the east end of the city and the St. Clair Reservoir in the central core. Included in the schedule of work is a full waterproofing of the roofs, plus architectural and concrete repairs with some mechanical system replacements.

A number of contractors have been prequalified and award winners will be announced soon. Although there will be separate contracts, Associated Engineering is the consultant for both projects.

Identified in the city’s 2015-2024 capital works program, the projects have a combined value of just under $50 million.

Producing 34 per cent of Toronto’s water supply, R.C. Harris is the second oldest of the city’s four water treatment plants. Construction began in the early 1930s, with the plant becoming operational in 1941.

It was declared a national historic civil engineering site in 1992 and designated under Ontario Heritage Act in 1998.

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