Township of Severn has hired Tatham Engineering Limited to undertake a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) for proposed upgrades to the Coldwater Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and the Main Sewage Pumping Station (SPS), located on Upper Big Chute Road as shown in the map below.

Map of the Coldwater Wastewater Treatment Plant and Main Sewage Pumping Station

The Class EA will identify and evaluate options for expanding the wastewater pumping and treatment capacity to accommodate anticipated growth in Coldwater.

About the Class Environmental Assessment

The Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) establishes a planning and approval process for a variety of municipal infrastructure projects.

The Class EA will be completed in accordance with the Schedule C requirements of the Municipal Engineers Association (MEA) Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (October 2000, amended in 2007, 2011, and 2015).

Public and stakeholder consultation


The Notice of Study Commencement presents the project and invites the public and stakeholders to offer comments and to participate in the study.

View the Notice of Study

The Notice of Study completion will announce the completion of the project and invite stakeholders to review and comment on the final Class EA Report. 

Public Information Centre No.1

A Public Information Centre (PIC) was held in-person and virtually on June 1 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Coldwater Community Centre, 11 Michael Ann Drive.

Information presented included:

  • wastewater infrastructure needs
  • alternative solutions for consideration
  • preliminary recommendations

About the PIC

The PIC included a PowerPoint presentation followed by a question and answer period for in person and online participants. 

The recorded presentation can be accessed through the following link.

Water and Wastewater Treatment Class EA PIC No.1

You can view the PDF of the presentation below. 

Presentation slides from PIC No. 1

Comments will be accepted until June 16, 2023, and will be considered in the study. Please send any comments to Tatham Engineering. 

Next steps

Following PIC No. 1 and upon review of comments, the preferred solution will be selected, and alternative design concepts for the preferred solution will be developed and evaluated.

Stakeholder contact list

The list of stakeholders will include:

  • PIC attendees
  • relevant technical and review agencies
  • First Nations and Metis groups
  • major landowners
  • residents and businesses that have requested to be on the mailing list
  • utilities, school boards, and other groups identified by the Township

Individuals on the contact list will receive study notices directly by mail or e-mail.

Contact Tatham Engineering to request that your name be added to the stakeholder list. 

Comments and questions

Have a comment or question you'd like to share about the Class EA? Send us your comments by completing our online Comment Form.

Comment Form

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA)?

The Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) process applies to municipal infrastructure projects including roads, water, and wastewater projects. 

The Municipal EA (Schedule C) is a five phase planning process that:

  • identifies the problem or problems, and opportunities
  • provides "alternatives to" and "alternative methods" to address the problem
  • defines the types of impacts and the approaches that can be taken to ensure environmental protection

What will be included in the final Class EA Study Report? 

The final Class EA Report will include the following information as related to the proposed expansion of the Coldwater Wastewater Treatment Plant:

  • needs
  • opportunities
  • environmental impacts
  • costs
  • technical standards
  • social impacts

The final Study Report will help to guide the expansion of water and wastewater services in Coldwater and area in the coming years. 

How can I share my comments about the Class EA?

You can share your comments by attending the upcoming PICs or by completing our online Comment Form

Please include your name, mailing address, and email address. 

Comment Form

What is a PIC?

Public Information Centres (PICs) will be held during the study to allow the public and our stakeholders to provide comments.

Details on upcoming PICs will be:

  • posted on this page when confirmed
  • shared on our News and Notices page
  • sent directly to our stakeholder contact list

How will my comments be used?

Input from the public and stakeholders will be reviewed and considered throughout the Class EA process. With the exception of any personal information, all comments received during the Class EA will be documented and included as part of the final Study Report. 

How long will the Class EA take?

The project duration will depend on the schedule, the potential impacts of the project, and the level of consultation required. Typically, a Schedule C Class EA is completed within 18 to 24 months, but it can take longer.

What happens after the approval of the Class EA Study Report?

After the final Class EA Study Report has been approved, the project will proceed to the implementation phase, which includes the detailed design and construction phases of the expansion of the Coldwater Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

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