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Currently, parking at Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant has significant safety risks. However, we are able to build more stalls while staying within our current fenceline.
A new operations centre will be built within our current fenceline to address significant hygiene and safety risks to our employees.
New operations centre
After meeting with the public and getting your feedback, we have a new recommendation on the location of future buildings within our current fenceline.
Currently, most of the parking stalls at the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant are close to active treatment and process areas at the centre of the plant. This creates significant safety risks such as traffic congestion and increased chance of accidents between pedestrians and vehicles. There is a need to provide additional on-site parking stalls for employees and contractors away from active treatment areas and process areas while still having parking near the workplace.
In 2015, EPCOR completed a study which assessed the risks to employees working with wastewater and its biological hazards. A 2017 review recommended specific facility improvements. For instance, clean and dirty clothing is not properly separated (showers are between clean lockers and dirty lockers). Some locker and shower facilities also require staff to walk through process areas and lockers themselves are in process hallways.
We have a requirement to plan for facilities that provide the following:
The ability for employees to keep street clothes and personal items separate from PPE and work clothes;
Shower and hand-washing areas for clean up after contact with wastewater; and
Locker rooms with storage space for boots that is separate and at floor level or at bottom of lockers.
Our commitments to you
In February 2018, EPCOR notified the public and consulted on a design option to meet the safe movement and hygiene and safety objectives listed above. After listening to the feedback provided by the public, we decided to explore different design alternatives to meet the objectives of the project and preserve parkland. Throughout this process we compared several different options by considering:
We believe in listening to and engaging stakeholders. Community input and involvement is an important part of our decision-making and we want to hear what you think about our initiatives.
We brought these design options to the broader public during our third Citizen Planning Committee (CPC) workshop and our community open house held on June 25, 2019. The preferred option and original design are shown below.
We will continue to gather more public feedback for the proposed Gold Bar parking lot and operations centre. The start of construction is currently planned for Fall 2019, with a completion date of Fall 2020.