Crews work to install a new sewage pumping station at the North End of Granville Street in Summerside. The new station is expected to be completed by early November and will increase capacity for that part of the city. Colin MacLean/Journal Pioneer
SUMMERSIDE – More people = more poop; it’s a reality every city has to deal with.
With that in mind, the City of Summerside is upgrading its sewage pump station at the north end of Granville Street.
Anyone who’s travelled through the lights at Granville Street and the All Weather Highway recently has probably noticed the adjacent work, which started late last week.
The new pumping station is being constructed adjacent to the old one, built in 1995. It is designed to be three times larger than the older system, which has been operating at capacity.
That need for more capacity, coupled with the age of the pumping station, meant it was time to get the work done, said Tony Gallant, municipal engineer with the city of Summerside.
Gallant added that he doesn’t expect there to be much disruption in traffic to accommodate the work.
The whole project is costing the city about $1.5 million.
The work is complex; it will be at least early November before the old system is switched off and the new one turned on.
There are 11 sewage pumping stations around Summerside that help wastewater reach the processing facility on MacKenzie Drive.