Council issues water, wastewater RFPs

MAPLETON – Council passed a resolution on May 28 issuing requests for proposals (RFPs) to companies to invest in, and propose solutions for, the township’s water and wastewater systems.

Council approved issuing RFPs to six groups of companies all, of which were deemed qualified by council through the request for qualifications (RFQ) process.

The new approach to financing and updating the water and wastewater systems was adopted by council in December when staff engaged with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP to explore alternative financing and infrastructure renewal for the systems.

Then, in April, the township announced it was inviting companies with applicable experience to apply to an RFQ and invest in the township’s infrastructure.

The six companies to receive an RFP from the township are:

– Helios Group, made up of Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc., Pomerleau, Helios Group, JL Richards, GSS Engineering;

– Maple Reinders W/WW Utility, made up of Wood Canada Limited, Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd., ASI Water (a division of ASI Group Ltd.) and Stonebridge Financial Corporation;

– Maple Water Resource Partners, comprised of EPCOR Water (East) Inc., AECON, Ontario Clean Water Agency and Stantec, Ontario Utility Consortium comprised of Veolia Water Canada, Inc, Graham, CIMA+, Alectra Inc. and Enbridge;

– Peterborough Group, comprised of PUG (Peterborough) Services Corp., Peterborough Utilities Inc. and Peterborough Utilities Group; and

– PUC Sault St. Marie Group, made up of Axium Infrastructure Canada II LP, PUC Services Inc. (Sault St. Marie) and Ontario Energy Holdings LLC.

‘Moving ahead’

“We are moving ahead with water and wastewater in this community and I thank council and staff for all of the hard work, as well as our consultants for getting us to this point,” said Mayor Gregg Davidson.

“This is a very exciting time for the township of Mapleton as we move forward and we are looking at implementing something that has been worked on for 20 years.

“It’s fantastic.”