The Fetherston Park is a 41 unit residential development facility with a failing aged septic system. The in ground infrastructure was constructed circa 1970, and included sewage collection piping network, drinking water distribution piping network, and five leaching fields. Due to poor maintenance and inadequate management of both the collection and distribution network, and of the septic beds, there was a significant operational issue with the existing infrastructure, and therefore required complete replacement and the addition of a new wastewater treatment plant.
With the property having no legal owner for the Municipality or Ministry of Environment to compel to repair the existing Private Sewage System and Infrastructure at the site, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment ordered the Municipality of North Grenville to assume responsibility. In the summer of 2013 with no solution in site the Municipality of North Grenville issued a notice to the residents that it will close the park and evict them due to public health concerns related to the failed wastewater system.
Clearford Water Systems, through its wholly owned subsidiary Clearford Water Utility (Fetherston) Inc. funded, installed, and contracted for the operation of the Park’s entire water and wastewater infrastructure. This is the first installation in Canada of Clearford One™, the latest generation of the company’s proprietary unified sanitation system. Clearford One™ has been configured to meet the needs of the Park using Clearford’s ClearDigest™ smart digesters at each residence, connected by the SBS® ClearConvey™ small bore sewer system to a ClearRecover™ treatment plant made by Koester that will also include the Hallett Ultraviolet purification system, provided by Clearford’s subsidiary UV Pure Inc. Clearford has entered into a 30 year contract with the Fetherston Mobile Park Association to operate the infrastructure.
Clearford Water Systems, in cooperation with the Municipality of North Grenville, the Fetherston Mobile Park Association, Koester, and UV Pure Technologies Inc. have worked diligently to find a unique solution which would allow the residents of Fetherston to revitalize the Park and maintain their homes.
Highlights of the Fetherston Park
- First installation in Canada of Clearford One™, and provided the prototype for the development of Clearford’s Pay for Performance (P4P™) delivery model.
- Services will be initially provided to 41 residential lots and will be capable of expansion to accommodate a further 100 residential lots
- In addition to the agreement with the Fetherston Park Association, Clearford Water Systems will enter into an agreement with Koester to be the overall responsible operator for the site.
- The state of the art wastewater treatment plant includes the first commercial installation of a Fibracast FibrePlate™ filtration membrane. A unique hybrid-membrane, combining the best features of the most popular hollow-fibre and flat-plate membrane technologies, while offering improved filtration performance, greater strength, extended sustainable flux rate, space-efficiency, optimized cleaning — all at a low overall capital and operational cost.
- UV Pure Technologies Inc. has provided the disinfection system. The incoming potable water system includes UV Pure’s Hallet UV disinfection and the treated wastewater leaving the property is also Hallet UV technology
“The Clearford One decentralized communal wastewater collection and treatment system delivers a complete servicing solution. The system’s packaged approach provides flexibility when retrofitting existing sites and allows for easy expansion as developments grow. Clearford One was an affordable solution presented for this project and literally saved Fetherston Park”.
– Karen Dunlop
Director of Public Works, Municipality of North Grenville