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Nipissing First Nation Garden Village Water Treatment Plant Upgrades

Nipissing First Nation Garden Village Water Treatment Plant Upgrades

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Craig Baker, P.Eng is a professional engineer licensed in the provinces of Ontario and Alberta. Craig is also a member of the American Water Works Association, its affiliate is the Ontario Water Works Association, and the Engineering Institute of Canada.

Overview

Nipissing First Nation's Garden Village Water Treatment Plant (WTP) uses a treatment process consisting of potassium permanganate addition, greensand filters, softeners, microfiltration cartridge filtration, ultraviolet (UV) disinfection, and chlorine disinfection. The chlorine disinfection system included in the plant led to disinfection by-product issues almost immediately after the plant was constructed in 2008, due to the raw water quality of the Groundwater Under the Direct Influence of surface water (GUDI) supply wells. Currently, trihalomethane (THM) exceedances in the Garden Village treated water are the highest anywhere in the province of Ontario. Having assisted Nipissing in the completion of their Capital Planning Study, FNESL came to be involved with the drinking water treatment upgrades process. FNESL completed preliminary treatability testing work to assess the suitability of chloramination or chlorine dioxide as disinfectant alternatives, and also coordinated with magnetic ion exchange (MIEX) supplier IXOM to undertake preliminary testing work. In 2019, FNESL was retained to provide design engineering services for the water treatment plant upgrades. Presenter Craig Baker is the Project Director for the Nipissing WTP Upgrades project, and will present on this unique case study, including the original design flaws, treatability testing iterations, and current project status.

Biography

Craig Baker, P.Eng., General Manager, First Nations Engineering Services Ltd.

Craig Baker has a B.Eng degree in Civil Engineering from McMaster University (1979), and is a professional engineer licensed in the provinces of Ontario and Alberta. Craig is also a member of the American Water Works Association and its affiliate the Ontario Water Works Association. Craig’s professional engineering career spans 40 years and he has accumulated a broad range of experience in the private and public sectors within the municipal engineering field. To date, Craig has overseen the construction of over $350,000,000 of municipal infrastructure projects for First Nations Engineering Services Ltd. Craig has worked on water projects from as far North as the Yukon all the way down to Montreal. Mr. Baker has been involved in the completion of 25 water treatment plants for surface water and groundwater.

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Other Members of Interest:

Justin Gee, Vice President, First Nations Engineering Services Ltd.

Justin Gee, P.Eng., MCIP RPP is a member of Six Nations of the Grand River.  Mr. Gee graduated from Queen's University in 1995 with his Bachelors of Engineering, and currently has his professional engineering designation in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia. He is also a Registered Professional Planner with the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. Justin has over 20 years of experience planning, designing, and overseeing the contract administration of water treatment infrastructure on First Nations across Canada, including the $39M Six Nations of the Grand River WTP and the $24M Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte WTP.

 

Alyson King, B.Eng & Scty, EIT

Alyson King graduated from McMaster University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Engineering and Society, and joined the First Nations Engineering Services Ltd. team shortly thereafter. She is registered as an EIT with the Professional Engineers of Ontario, and is on track to obtain her P.Eng designation by 2022. Alyson assists the senior engineers with a variety of tasks, including but not limited to; Design Briefs, Technical Memos, and Feasibility Studies. Ms. King has experience in working on a wide array of projects included in First Nations Engineering Services Ltd.’s portfolio, including; Watermain Extensions, Sewermain Extensions, Site Development, Water Treatment Plants, and various Planning Studies. Alyson was an important contributor in the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Water Options Analysis Study (2019), providing the First Nation with options and recommendations regarding ways to move forward in the development of the community’s water infrastructure.