You recently received a letter regarding the new pumping station construction project. Below is a brief explanation of the project.
What is a pumping station?
A pumping station is an infrastructure that facilitates the transport of your wastewater (sinks, toilets, washing, etc.) to the sewage treatment plant (aerated ponds) located on Rue des Monarques, where it will be treated before being released into the environment.
There are several pumping stations on the Saint-Lazare territory, including:
|The Sainte-Angélique pumping station located at 1375 Chemin Sainte-Angélique at the corner of Rue Champêtre. This station transports wastewater directly to the sewage treatment plant (rue des Monarques).
|The Bédard pumping station located at the corner of Avenue Bédard and Rue de la Plantation (easily visible by the curb between the Complexe sportif Saint-Lazare and the school À l'Orée-du-Bois). This station transfers wastewater in the pipe under Chemin Sainte-Angélique towards the Sainte-Angélique pumping station.
These 2 installations date back to 1995. They were designed with the development projections at the time in mind, projections that no longer reflect today’s reality.
This sewer system, including the pipe under Chemin Sainte-Angélique, has reached its full transport capacity. This pipe receives and transports the wastewater relayed by the Bédard pumping station.
To remedy this situation, these 2 stations must be split to allow the Bédard station to transport its own wastewater directly to the sewage treatment plant without going through the pipe under Chemin Sainte-Angélique (and thus through the Sainte-Angélique pumping station).
To do so, construction work is required, including the addition of concrete chambers and the construction of a new discharge pipe. This work will:
- Restore the capacity of the sanitary network to transport wastewater to the Sainte-Angélique pumping station
- Increase the ultimate flow to the treatment plant
- To meet the needs for additional connections, for example when individual septic systems (septic tanks and sewage fields) have reached their useful lifespan, or for any other owner who wishes to connect to or extend the network.
Without this project, it will be impossible to connect other properties to the sewer.
What is the purpose of By-Law 1105?
A moratorium, in effect since 2019, currently prevents any zoning change, street opening, sewer extension and cadastral subdivision in the downtown area, served by the Sainte-Angélique pumping station.
By-Law 1105 seeks to borrow the money required to expand the Bédard pumping station and deliver its wastewater directly to the sewage treatment plant, which will allow the lifting of the moratorium on the sanitary sewer, in addition to relieving the Sainte-Angélique pumping station.
Distribution of costs and areas served by this work
In its planning, the City has identified areas that will eventually benefit from the sanitary sewer service. The amount borrowed to carry out this work will be spread over 20 years and split according to 4 sectors determined according to specific criteria. The amounts indicated in the letters are maximum estimates. They do not include the costs of extending the network or of a private connection to the network (the portion that extends between the house and the pipe under the street).
Areas served by this work
Four sectors are included in the by-law and will eventually be served by sanitary sewer:
- Sector 1 (tax basin no. 1 of the by-law): this sector is mainly built, with a few units that have nevertheless been integrated into sector 1, and not serviced by sanitary sewer. Existing homes therefore currently have septic tanks and sewage fields.
Sectors 2 to 4 (tax basins no. 2 to 4 of the by-law): are sectors which include lots to be built or redeveloped. To establish an equitable distribution of costs among current owners, the maximum number of potential housing units is based on zoning by-law number 771 and includes the city’s obligations under the Montreal Metropolitan Community's (MMC) Metropolitan Land Use and Development Plan (MDP). To be fair and to reflect the real development potential, the City must consider the preservation of wetlands, streams and shoreline strips, the presence of a gas system servitudes in some cases and permanent agricultural areas. Everything was taken into consideration in order to obtain the most realistic picture of the potential development for each of the lots.
By-law and Public Notice
Documents related to the by-law are available on the City’s website at the city.saint-lazare.qc.ca, located under the “Municipal services” tab, under “Municipal by-laws (Projects)”. The following link provides direct access to the adoption session: https://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/doc/projetsdereglements/1105A.pdf.
For more information on the steps leading to the approval of the by-law by government authorities, we invite you to consult the public notice on the City’s website, under the tab "The Town", under the heading "Public Notices (Legal)". Here is the link to directly access the document: ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/doc/APL/210414b.pdf.