Ottawa committee approves spending on climate priorities, water services and waste diversion

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Ottawa Construction News staff writer

Ottawa’s environment and climate change committee has approved its portion of next year’s draft budget, including $5 million annually for the climate change master plan.

If approved by council in December, spending includes:

  • $21.7 million to build resiliency to power outages at the Robert O. Pickard Environmental Centre wastewater treatment facility
  • $3 million to continue developing a coordinated approach to wet weather flow management within the urban area and reduce flood risks
  • $3 million to implement energy conservation measures in facilities
  • $1.7 million for tree planting​

The draft budget also commits $252.7 million in capital spending for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, including:

  • $77 million to ensure a continued supply of quality drinking water, including renewal of water purification plants
  • $81 million to safely convey and treat wastewater, including renewal of pumping stations
  • $66 million to safely manage and convey stormwater, including renewal of drainage culverts

There is also a plan to spend $4.5 million on the solid waste master plan and related projects. The draft plan has proposed actions to sustainably manage waste over the next 30 years and extend the life of the Trail Road landfill by approximately 14 years. These actions include banning industrial and commercial waste from landfill.

All items must be approved by council Dec. 6.

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