The DR&CW project will keep combined sewer overflows out of Lower Don River, Taylor-Massey Creek and Inner Harbour by:

  • capturing it within the tunnel system.
  • transporting it for treatment.
  • storing it during heavy rain until system capacity is restored and the water can be transported for treatment.

The project will be done in stages. The first stage is the Coxwell Bypass Tunnel, a 10.5 km long, 6.3 m diameter tunnel. The complete DR&CW Tunnel System will include:

  • a 22 km tunnel system consisting of three integrated tunnels:
    1. Coxwell Bypass Tunnel (stage one)
    2. Taylor-Massey Creek Tunnel
    3. Inner Harbour Tunnel
  • 12 wet weather flow storage shafts along the tunnels.
  • 27 connection points to the tunnels for stormwater and combined sewer overflow.
  • seven off-line storage tanks.
  • Real-Time Control (RTC) to regulate flows in the City’s sewer system.

Timing

Construction of phase one of the Coxwell Bypass Tunnel runs from 2018 to 2024. Timing of the future stages is dependent on funding, regulatory approvals, and other considerations.

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Project Update

  • Coxwell Bypass Tunnel: As of March 2022, the Coxwell Bypass Tunnel (stage one) is approximately 72.3 per cent complete.
  • Inner Harbour Tunnel: As of March 2022, Inner Harbour West Tunnel is in the design phase.
  • Taylor-Massey Creek Tunnel: Design is planned to start in 2023.

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The new integrated pumping station will move raw sewage from underground sewers into the treatment plant. The plant will:

  • receive and pump the additional flows that come from the Don River and Central Waterfront Tunnel System.
  • provide additional capacity for population growth.
  • replace the current two pumping stations, one of which has been in operation since 1919 and the other since the 1970s.
  • be constructed on the property south of Lake Shore Boulevard East (both of the old pumping stations are north of Lake Shore Boulevard East in Main Sewage Treatment Playground).

Timing

Construction will span 2018 to 2034.

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Project Update

As of March 2022, the design portion of this project is approximately 75 per cent complete overall, with construction approximately 20 per cent complete.

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The Ashbridges Bay Landform Project is a joint initiative between the City and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).

The project will:

  • provide erosion and sediment control to improve passage for boats, eliminating the need for regular dredging in the Coatsworth Cut area of Ashbridges Bay.
  • be built south of the Ashbridges Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant and will be the site of the high-rate treatment facility and a stormwater treatment wetland.

The high-rate treatment facility is designed specifically to provide treatment of CSOs intercepted by the new tunnel system.

Timing

Construction of the Landform project began in 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2025.

Project Update

  • Ashbridges Bay Landform Project: As of March 2022, the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Landform project is approximately 50 per cent complete.
  • High Rate Treatment Facility: As of March 2022, the High Rate Treatment is currently in the planning stage (continuing through 2022).

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The UV Disinfection Wastewater Treatment System will:

  • provide reliable disinfection as part of the full wastewater treatment process without the use of chemicals.
  • replace the current chlorine disinfection system.
  • use next-generation UV lamp technology which is more energy-efficient and requires less space than conventional UV lamps.
  • include sodium hypochlorite disinfection and dechlorination for excessive flows to the plant caused by heavy rain.

Timing

Construction began in 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2023

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Project Update

As of March 2022, the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant UV Disinfection project is approximately 75 per cent complete.

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Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Outfall full-length video

The Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant (ABTP) outfall is being built to improve capacity and better convey and disperse effluent (fully treated wastewater) to Lake Ontario.

The completed outfall construction includes:

  • a 14 m diameter shaft, approximately 85 m deep
  • a 3.5 km long, 7 m diameter tunnel, mined through rock beneath the lakebed
  • 50 riser pipes to disperse treated and disinfected effluent into Lake Ontario

Future work:

  • Connecting the 50 riser pipes with the tunnel.
  • Effluent conduits will be constructed to connect the ABTP disinfection system to the outfall shaft. This will allow fully treated wastewater from the ABTP plant to flow by gravity to the lake.

Tunnelling operations were supported from an onshore shaft.

The riser pipes were drilled from in-water barges.

Timing and Budget

Construction began in 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2024/2025.

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Project Update

As of March 2022, the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Outfall project is approximately 70 per cent complete.

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Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Outfall short video

Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Outfall short video with project highlights

Usage

While building the Coxwell Bypass Tunnel and the Integrated Pumping Station over the next 10 years there will be activity at the Main Sewage Treatment Playground. This park runs south from Eastern Avenue to Lake Shore Boulevard East; west of Coxwell Avenue. The activities here will include:

  • Space along the west end of Main Sewage Treatment Playground at the current location of the Tubs & Gee Gage Rugby Field will be used for construction activities as well as storing construction materials, equipment, and trailers.
  • The eastern half of the existing parking lot located at the northwest end of the park will be used for construction administration office trailers.

Upgrades

  • The Tubs and Gee Gage Rugby Field will be relocated within the park, north of Ashbridges Skateboard Park.
  • Two new basketball courts will be built, offering an additional enhancement to the playground.
  • A new parking lot with 55 parking spaces, bike racks and lighting system, will be constructed on the east side of the park.

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Project Update

Construction of the rugby field was completed in spring of 2019. Once final infrastructure and other works to the area are completed, construction of the two basketball courts will be completed in June 2022.

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