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Dorval

Dorval prepares for fight to save its water filtration plant

Dorval is readying for a battle to offset any potential Montreal agglomeration plans to shut down its long-standing water treatment plant.

Although Montreal’s water services department hasn’t yet decided to close the plant on Lilas Ave., it did commission an evaluation study of the facility and Dorval Mayor Edgar Rouleau said his city is being proactive and is preparing to state its case in a resolution.

“When somebody says we’re not thinking of closing it, we’re just hiring a consulting firm to do the analysis. Excuse me,” Rouleau told The Gazette. “For me, it’s completely ridiculous to even think of closing our filtration plant.”

City of Montreal spokesperson Philippe Sabourin said the Dorval facility requires an upgrade and a major financial investment in the coming years. To date, no decision has been made by the Montreal water services department regarding an upgrade nor the possible closure of the Dorval plant, he added.

The engineering firm Génivar was awarded a $528,000 contract to carry out an analytical study of the situation, determine an estimated cost of any upgrade and define the work that needs to be done.

The reason for the ongoing evaluation is precisely to produce an estimate of costs to upgrade the plant,” Sabourin said.

Considering Montreal has spent millions of dollars upgrading other water treatment plants, including one in Pierrefonds, Rouleau said the Dorval facility should also warrant an investment.

“To keep them up to norm, you have to upgrade equipment all the time,” he added. “To increase our capacity, you don’t have to expand the building. With the new technology (now available) you can get more volume without extending the building. So it’s just a question of changing some equipment.”

An investment in the range of $20 million could be required at the Dorval plant, Rouleau said. “You invest $20 million and you’re good for 50 years,” he added.

Dorval’s plant supplies potable water to its 20,000 residents, its vast industrial sector, including Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport, as well as a small section of Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

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