Serpent River First Nation Water Treatment System

Services Offered

  • Civil
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Structural
  • Architecture
  • Planning
  • Project Management
  • Construction Contract administration
  • Location:
    Serpent River, Ontario
  • Value: $10M
  • Size: 566 m3/day
  • Client: Serpent River First Nation
  • JLR Contact: John Cannard
  • Related Projects: City of Corner Brook New WTP City of Kingston Point Pleasant WTP Expansion Village of Casselman WTP Upgrade Renfrew WTP Upgrade

Project Details

Drinking water in the community of Serpent River First Nation (located approximately 130 km west of Sudbury) was originally provided by four communal wells servicing isolated areas through separate water distribution systems. However, due to water quality concerns and overall condition of the systems, it was decided through a previously completed feasibility study to establish a single connected system to service the community, as well as to serve any future growth.

JLR was retained by the Serpent River First Nation (in association with OCWA project management group), to provide professional engineering and architectural services for detailed design, tendering, and contract administration of a new communal WTP using a surface water source, and an expanded distribution system.

A program of water soundings and water sampling and testing of the source water from Aird Bay was completed as part of the initial study process. This was followed by an evaluation of possible treatment options. Tubular nanofiltration and modified slow sand filtration were short-listed as the most promising alternatives, based on a number of site-specific conditions such as raw water quality. The source water in Aird Bay of Lake Huron has relatively high colour, turbidity, and dissolved organic carbon. Due to the challenging raw water characteristics, it was decided to pilot test both filtration technologies under consideration. Tubular nanofiltration was ultimately selected as the preferred option, based on a comprehensive evaluation that included the pilot testing results as well as other considerations. The water is disinfected using a combination of ultraviolet for primary disinfection and chlorination for secondary disinfection.

Site selection criteria and evaluation details for the raw water intake, low lift water pumping station, WTP, and treated water booster station were documented in a design brief. The water treatment and distribution system includes two 332 m3 storage reservoirs and approximately 1.4 km of new watermain. JLR also prepared a hydraulic model of the entire distribution system using computer software in order to simulate various demand scenarios and evaluate the results against standard guidelines, in order to develop an overall design basis for distribution system upgrades.