Notice of Study Commencement •Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for the Verner Water System Improvements


The Study

The Municipality of West Nipissing has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) study to review options for improving the supply of treated municipal water for the community of Verner.

The Verner Water Treatment Plant (WTP) was constructed in the early 1970’s and supplies potable water to the community of Verner. Although, the WTP has undergone various improvements in previous years, the treatment plant has no redundant components, making routine operations and maintenance difficult and expensive.  In order to facilitate certain repairs to the treatment system, it would require a full plant shutdown, and require trucking in potable water from Sturgeon Falls.  In addition, the  WTP draws raw water from the Veuve River, which is considered a deteriorated water source containing consistent elevated levels of iron, manganese and organics.  The treatment process is unable to effectively manage these conditions, resulting in frequent non-compliance with provincial drinking water requirements.  The WTP does not allow for expansion capabilities as necessary for altering the plant, to address the ongoing issues with ineffective treatment.  A permanent solution is required to be evaluated, that will ensure compliance with provincial regulations, and a sustainable supply of drinking water for the community.

The Process

The MCEA study is being conducted in accordance with the Schedule "B" process under the Municipal Engineers Association’s, Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Manual (October 2000, amended 2007, 2011 and 2015) which is approved under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. Through the study process, a range of alternative solutions will be developed and evaluated by the Study Team, and refined through public and agency consultation. Potential solutions under consideration at this time include upgrading or maintaining the existing Verner WTP, constructing a new WTP at an alternate source, or constructing a feeder main between the Verner water distribution system and Sturgeon Falls WTP with complete or partial decommissioning of the Verner WTP.

Get Involved!

The Municipality would like anyone with an interest in the Study to have an opportunity to provide input and help inform the decision-making process. A Public Information Centre (PIC) will be held to present the study findings and the alternative solutions being considered, including the preliminary preferred solution. The details of the PIC will be advertised closer to the date.

If you have comments, require further information, or would like to be added to the study mailing list to receive future notifications, please contact one of our project team members:

Mr. Chris Cecchetto                                                              
Project Manager                                                                   

AECOM Canada Ltd.                                                              
1361 Paris Street, Suite 105                                                 
Sudbury, ON, P3E 3B6                                                           
T:  705.674.8343  
F: 705.674.1694                                      
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Mr. Peter Ming, P.Eng.
Manager of Water and Wastewater Operations

Municipality of West Nipissing
225 Holditch Street, Suite 1010
Sturgeon Falls, ON P2B 1T1
T:705 753 2250
F: 705 753 4981
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With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record of the study. The study is being conducted according to the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, which is a planning process approved under Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act.

This notice was first issued on June 16, 2020 


Cache Bay • Crystal Falls • Desaulniers • Field • Kipling • Lavigne • North Monetville • River Valley • Sturgeon Falls • Verner