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TransAqua finalist in Greater Moncton Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards

TransAqua logoTransAqua – the Greater Moncton Wastewater Commission – is proud to be one of the finalists in the environmental category for the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Business Excellence Awards. The awards will be given out at a gala event at Casino New Brunswick in Moncton on Oct. 29.

“It is particularly gratifying to be nominated in the environmental category this close to World Rivers Day on September 27,” said Kevin Rice, General Manager of TransAqua. “We have worked very hard from day one to do our part in ensuring the good health of the Petitcodiac River watershed. Through the planned $81-million upgrade of our wastewater treatment facility in Riverview, we will meet new federal standards by 2020. The quality of our effluent will be greatly enhanced, allowing us to further help keep the aquatic environment clean.”

gmcc excellence awardsTransAqua also operates a compost facility in Moncton which mitigates the biosolids removed from the wastewater treatment process. “We could truck away these biosolids for incineration or to the landfill, however we made a strategic environmental decision to deal with them locally,” Mr. Rice says. “Today, we produce some of the best compost in Canada, which we then provide free of charge to local residents and municipalities for use in landscaping and gardening.”

TransAqua is also looking at ways to recover heat from wastewater in order to reduce its energy costs. A pilot project is currently underway to perfect the process.

“The health of the Petitcodiac River and its watershed is very important to the residents of Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview,” Mr. Rice says. “We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that the effluent that goes back into the river is as clean as possible and that the remaining biosolids are put to good use.”

TransAqua Chair Winston Pearce was equally pleased with the nomination. “We are honoured that the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce recognizes TransAqua’s dedicated efforts toward a healthy environment for us all,” Mr. Pearce said. “At this time, I would like to thank the entire team at TransAqua, including our hard-working staff, our dedicated board of directors and our various suppliers and stakeholders for making this possible.”

For more information on the Greater Moncton Excellence Awards, visit the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce’s website.

About TransAqua

TransAqua, the Greater Moncton Wastewater Commission was established in 1983 to support the wastewater collection and treatment needs of the Dieppe, Moncton and Riverview tri-community. Since then, it has developed a 31-kilometre collection network and a treatment facility to best deliver on this mandate. It has also become a leader in the reuse of bio-solids through the generation of type ‘AA’ compost (the highest grade currently achieved in Canada) as opposed to disposal in a landfill site. The organization is now positioning itself to further upgrade its facilities to provide an enhanced secondary treatment approach that will allow it to meet recently introduced mandatory federal regulations prior to the 2020 deadline.

TransAqua announces engineering and construction contract awards

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TransAqua – the Greater Moncton Wastewater Commission – has awarded three engineering contracts to companies located in Greater Moncton valued at $223,451. The contract are part of TransAqua’s long-term strategic capital plan to improve wastewater transmission and treatment for the communities of Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview.

TransAqua Chair Winston Pearce says the contracts are a good start on moving forward with its long-term capital construction goals. “We are committed to working with Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe on improving the communities’ wastewater and sewer infrastructure. We are very happy that these projects can be carried out by companies located in Greater Moncton.”

Stantec Engineering of Moncton has been awarded a $34,500 contract to complete the preliminary design of a sewer forcemain on Bourque Road and a pumping station at Melanson Road in Dieppe for re-directing existing and projected long term-flows of the Melanson drainage basin to a newly constructed Babineau Creek trunk sewer. It is estimated that this project will prevent the necessity of a costly upgrade of the Commission’s collector sewer pipeline along the Petitcodiac River in Dieppe.

Crandall Engineering of Moncton has been awarded an $89,152 contract for the design, contract management and construction supervision of work to replace part of the existing collector sewer system in the Jonathan Creek area of Moncton as part of the work by the City of Moncton and CN Rail to reduce flooding in the Jonathan Creek and Jones Lake areas. TransAqua needs to relocate a section of its pipeline to facilitate the City of Moncton’s recently announced project. Construction is expected to take place in early 2016.

ADM Systems Engineering Limited of Dieppe has been awarded a $99,799 contract for the design, supply and implementation of components for the TransAqua’s ongoing SCADA (supervisor control and data acquisition) system upgrades. The upgrades, which began in 2014, involve modernizing software, data management and operator workstations. This contract is for the 2015 phase of hardware replacement. This will allow TransAqua to seamlessly integrate new wastewater treatment equipment into its existing computer control systems, as part of its long-term project to upgrade the existing plant from primary to secondary wastewater treatment by 2020, as mandated by the federal government.

About TransAqua

TransAqua, the Greater Moncton Wastewater Commission (www.transaqua.ca) was established in 1983 to support the wastewater collection and treatment needs of the Dieppe, Moncton and Riverview tri-community. Since then, it has developed a 31-kilometre collection network and a treatment facility to best deliver on this mandate. It has also become a leader in the reuse of bio-solids through the generation of type ‘AA’ compost (the highest grade currently achieved in Canada) as opposed to disposal in a landfill site. The organization is now positioning itself to further upgrade its facilities to provide an enhanced secondary treatment approach that will allow it to meet recently introduced mandatory federal regulations prior to the 2020 deadline.

Greater Moncton International Airport participates in first-ever Canadian Airports Safety Week

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Will Sutherland, Safety Security Specialist with the Greater Moncton International Airport (GMIA), prepares a public display of an airside operations vehicle as part of the first-ever Canadian Airports Safety Week held August 24-30. (Click on the photo for a larger version.)

The Greater Moncton International Airport (GMIA) emphasized its commitment to the safety of its passengers, visitors and employees during Canada’s first-ever Canadian Airports Safety Week held in conjunction with 23 other airports across the country from Aug. 24-30.

“Canadian Airports Safety Week is a new airports-led initiative to promote healthy and safety work practices among airport employees,” said Bernard LeBlanc, President and CEO of the Greater Moncton International Airport Authority. “The program aims to reach thousands of airport employees across the country with safety-related events and promotions. For the GMIA, safety is our number-one concern around the clock. And although this initiative is targeted at employees, it’s also an excellent opportunity to show the public and our passengers just how strongly committed we are to keeping everyone safe.”

As part of the industry’s dedication to safety, the GMIA focused on the following daily themes during Canadian Airports Safety Week: hazard reporting (Monday), worker safety (Tuesday), security (Wednesday), airside vehicle operations (Thursday), foreign objects debris (Friday), construction safety and security (Saturday) and environment (Sunday).

“Our activities include daily theme-based information displays and toolbox talks directed at multiple employee groups, representing all employers here at the GMIA who have responsibilities in the airside area – the part of the airport not normally accessible to the public unless they are boarding a plane,” said Will Sutherland, Safety Security Specialist for the Greater Moncton International Airport. “It is an excellent opportunity to take a time-out and re-introduce information and avoidance practices on the known hazards which airport workers face every day.”

Canadian Airport Safety Week is an airport-led initiative to promote healthy and safe work practices among airport employees. Currently in its first year, there are 24 airports across Canada participating in the initiative: Greater Moncton International Airport, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Calgary International Airport, Charlottetown Airport, Comox Valley Airport, Edmonton International Airport, Fort McMurray International Airport, Greater Sudbury Airport, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, Kamloops Airport, Kelowna International Airport, London International Airport, Northwest Regional Airport, Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport, Prince George Airport, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, Region of Waterloo International Airport, Saint John Airport, Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport, St. John’s International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport and Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

Kevin Rice appointed new General Manager of TransAqua

TransAqua logoWinston Pearce, Chairman of TransAqua – the Greater Moncton Wastewater Commission, announced today that Kevin Rice has been appointed General Manager. The appointment was made following a comprehensive search over a number of months. Mr. Rice is currently Deputy Commissioner of Transportation and Environment Services for the City of Saint John. He begins with TransAqua on Monday, August 31.

“With our upcoming upgrade required by 2020 to meet changes to federal regulations, we were seeking leadership who knows how to oversee projects and keep things going in the right direction – efficiently, on time and on budget,” said Mr. Pearce. “Mr. Rice’s experience in municipal wastewater management fits in well with our needs and we are looking forward to his contribution as move forward with our planned multi-million-dollar upgrade. He has had a very dynamic career and brings with him a broad spectrum of management experience in many different career fields which will assist in leading TransAqua as we embark on major construction initiatives.”

Kevin Rice has been appointment the new general manager of TransAqua - the Greater Moncton Wastewater Commission. (Click on the photo for a larger version.)
Kevin Rice has been appointment the new General Manager of TransAqua – the Greater Moncton Wastewater Commission. (Click on the photo for a larger version.)

A native of Saint John, Mr. Rice holds a Chemical Technology diploma from NBCC-Saint John and a Bachelor of Science degree from UNB. He has experience with managing municipal wastewater treatment operations with the City of Saint John (2005-2009) and industrial wastewater treatment facilities in Halifax, N.S.; and Kitchener, Toronto and Pickering, Ont. (1999-2002), and environmental compliance and industrial cleaning services with J.D. Irving, Limited (1998 and 2002-2005). Most recently, he served as Deputy Commissioner of Transportation and Environmental Services (2009-2015) with the City of Saint John, managing five very public-facing services (roadway maintenance, sidewalk maintenance, pedestrian and traffic, storm water management and solid waste management) with an annual budget of approximately $23 million.

Mr. Rice brings wastewater treatment facility expansion experience to TransAqua from Saint John where he was a team member in the design and construction startup of the Eastern Wastewater Treatment Facility (Harbour Cleanup) and the Millidgeville Wastewater Treatment Facility expansion. He is a certified Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association (ACWWA) Wastewater Treatment Class II Operator.

“TransAqua has highly skilled and dedicated staff in place who I’m confident will easily adapt to the future expansion,” Mr. Rice said. “I look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders in Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview to ensure that ratepayers receive the best value for their dollar that TransAqua can provide as we grow to meet the wastewater treatment needs of the three municipalities. I am very excited about this opportunity of integrating myself and my family into such a dynamic organization and community.”

Mr. Rice is a Certified Engineering Technologist and a volunteer member of the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board participating as a team member to accredit NBCC-Moncton’s Electronic Engineering Technology and NBCC-Saint John’s Chemical Technology programs. He has been a member of the Maritime Provinces Water and Wastewater Association (MPWWA), Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association (ACWWA), Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) and Water Environment Federation (WEF) since 2005 and is a past member of the CWWA’s Fats, Oil and Grease National Committee.

As well, he has completed all provincial levels of basic emergency preparedness and emergency operations centre, including emergency site management with the Canadian Emergency Management College. He recently served as Deputy Director with the Saint John Emergency Management Organization (EMO) and brings strong emergency management and business continuity skills to TransAqua.

About TransAqua

TransAqua, the Greater Moncton Wastewater Commission (www.transaqua.ca) was established in 1983 to support the wastewater collection and treatment needs of the Dieppe, Moncton and Riverview tri-community. Since then, it has developed a 31-kilometre collection network and a treatment facility to best deliver on this mandate. It has also become a leader in the reuse of bio-solids through the generation of type ‘AA’ compost (the highest grade currently achieved in Canada) as opposed to disposal in a landfill site. The organization is now positioning itself to further upgrade its facilities to provide an enhanced secondary treatment approach that will allow it to meet recently introduced mandatory federal regulations prior to the 2020 deadline.

Rotary 2015 Dinner & A Movie For A Year draw tickets now available

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It’s time again for the Greater Moncton Sunrise Rotary Club’s fourth annual Dinner & A Movie For A Year draw! Two grand prizes will be awarded consisting of 12 Cineplex movie passes for two and 12 $50 gift certificates/cards to popular Greater Moncton restaurants — one for every month for an entire year! The prize packages are worth nearly $800 each!

Tickets are $10 each or $25 for three and are available from any member of the Greater Moncton Sunrise Rotary Club – including me! Please email me if you’d like to purchase a ticket. All proceeds go toward Rotary charities, including Food Depot Alimentaire. The draw date is Tuesday, Aug. 25.

I sold one of the winning tickets last year! My good friend Anne Keiver walked away with 12 movie passes for two and $600 in restaurant gift certificates! Will lightning strike twice? Will I sell a winning ticket again? Let’s hope so!

I can deliver your ticket(s) or we can do everything online – which is how most people do it now. Just transfer your payment to me electronically and I’ll scan your ticket stubs and email them to you. Don’t worry, though, we can still do everything the old-fashioned way, too!

Thanks for your support!