Haldimand County and Veolia Recognized for Helping Protect Ontario’s Watershed

By meeting all of the Grand River Conservation Authority’s voluntary environmental targets in 2015, the Caledonia waste water treatment plant was the only facility in the Grand River watershed to achieve a Gold award in 2016.

Caledonia Grand River
Home to approximately 47,000 residents and a thriving agricultural industry, Veolia has partnered with Haldimand County, Ontario to operate, maintain and manage its eight wastewater treatment facilities  for nearly two decades.  As one of four counties within the Grand River watershed – the largest in southern Ontario, with flows from Dufferin County in the north to Lake Erie in the south – the community relies on sustainable wastewater treatment services to protect human health, the environment and the local water supply. 

Since 2010, the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) has been working collaboratively with municipal partners and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) on a Wastewater Optimization Program to improve the operation of treatment plants and raise the quality of treated effluent.  As a voluntary partner, Haldimand County and Veolia have been working with the GRCA to improve water quality in the region – consistently meeting quality, operations and sustainability goals.

Every year, the GRCA presents awards to facilities that meet three environmental objectives: achieving interim effluent phosphorous and ammonia targets, developing enhanced annual reporting and meeting the determined limits in the sludge accountability analysis.  Having demonstrated superior performance in 2015, Haldimand County’s Caledonia Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) recently achieved a Gold recognition award for meeting all three of the required environmental objectives.

As the only recipient of a Gold award this past year, this honor reflects Veolia and the County’s continued commitment to public safety and the environment. 

“By collaboratively working together with the GRCA to help safeguard our local watershed, the County is not only protecting the community’s natural resources, but also the health and safety of residents – which has always been the number one priority of Haldimand County,” said Project Manager David Kohli of Veolia. 

Designed to treat up to 7,200 cubic meters per day (m3/d) of wastewater, the Caledonia WWTP maintains stringent discharge requirements under Veolia’s operation.  Veolia has been managing the wastewater system for Haldimand County under a long-term public-private partnership agreement since 1997 – achieving exceptional performance, compliance and a perfect safety record since the start of the contract nearly 20 years ago.