Residents of Vaudreuil-Dorion may have to face yet another summer with yellow lawns.
A plan to temporarily increase capacity in the city’s main water filtration plant has been cancelled because of unforeseen costs. After adding a new intake pipe to the plant last year, the city built a temporary basin to increase capacity by 5,000 cubic metres per day, so it can keep up with demand for this summer, and not have to enforce watering bans for a fourth consecutive year.
On Monday night, however, the city council rejected all bids that came in from a call for tenders for filters for the new basin, because the cost was more than three times higher than original estimates.
“We thought it could cost about $400,000 to produce more water; we figured it was worth it for one season,” said Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon. “It might have been able to allow us not to have a watering ban.”
Pilon said, however, that responses to the city’s call for tenders came in at $1.4 million.
“There’s no way we’re going to pay that much for a temporary solution,” he said. “That price definitely doesn’t work.”
The long-term project is to increase the city’s current capacity of 16,000 cubic metres of water per day to 40,000 – a project that would cost about $17 million, and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2014.
Pilon said the city is going to figure out how it can increase the capacity of the city’s filtration plant with its existing equipment.
“We still have (more water coming into the plant), so we’re going to figure out how we can increase the capacity of the old machines,” Pilon said.
He said the city will have to get permission from the provincial government to ensure it is following all the norms to allow it to increase the plant’s capacity.