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Strange Street Water Supply System

Centralizing drinking water treatment for iron

  • $18M

    Construction Value

  • 250

    L/s Capacity

  • Kitchener, Ontario

    Kitchener, Ontario

Adding functionality to one of Kitchener’s oldest heritage water infrastructure assets

The Strange Street Pumping Station, originally constructed in 1920, received treated groundwater from several wells throughout Kitchener and Waterloo and supplied drinking water to the downtown distribution system. Historically, the water supply has elevated levels of iron and manganese, which have been typically removed for taste and odor concerns. In 2019, a new health-based limit for manganese was set by Health Canada, and the pumping station needed to adapt.

The Region of Waterloo engaged our team to provide detailed design, site inspection, and construction administration for a new greensand plant. An innovative well-blending model targeting consistent influent water quality was developed. The installation of the watermain included a mix of trenchless and open cut techniques and used trenchless drilling below an active light rail transit (LRT)—a first for the region.

As a result of our work, the Strange Street Pumping Station is now an upgraded, centralized facility that increases operational ease, compliance oversight, and treatment capability. It strengthens the Region’s ability to provide reliable, clean, and safe drinking water to the residents of Kitchener-Waterloo.

At a Glance

  • Region of Waterloo
Brian Luey Architect Inc.
Meet Our Team

Susan Alarcon, Senior Associate, Water

Our team brings valuable water solutions and resources to communities across Ontario, improving the quality of life for everyone living there.

Nicole McLellan, Regional Practice Leader, Water (Canada East)

Complex interdisciplinary challenges can be solved with creative solutions and a dynamic team of dedicated individuals.
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Garry McCarthy, Principal, Water

I work to develop and improve the facilities and infrastructure that deliver essential water resources to our communities and way of life.

Andrew Wong, Senior Process Engineer

My goal is to use my expertise in water process engineering to help clients deliver safe drinking water to their communities.

Nelson Oliveira, Senior Principal, ECAN Regional Sector Leader

I work across our sectors to develop solutions for our clients, whether new or existing, to provide the most overall value and cost effective plans.
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Simon Horsley, Water Quality Lead

For me, what keeps work from being "work", is the community built on relationships with clients and colleagues.

Brad Wilson, Team Leader, Treatment

Good infrastructure design is transparent. Our job isn’t done until the public we serve sees our influence and our impact is made clear.

Susan Alarcon

Senior Associate, Water

Nicole McLellan

Regional Practice Leader, Water (Canada East)

Garry McCarthy

Principal, Water

Andrew Wong

Senior Process Engineer

Nelson Oliveira

Senior Principal, ECAN Regional Sector Leader

Simon Horsley

Water Quality Lead

Brad Wilson

Team Leader, Treatment

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