Kanata’s Clearford lands wastewater treatment contract at new Amazon warehouse

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A rendering of Broccolini's new warehouse, which is being built-to-suit for Amazon's new distribution centre.

The developer constructing the National Capital Region’s largest warehouse is turning to a Kanata clean-tech firm to install an onsite wastewater treatment plant at the 1.02-million-square-foot facility.

This summer, Broccolini broke ground on the massive east-end distribution centre on Boundary Road, at Highway 417. E-commerce giant Amazon will lease the warehouse and use it as a fulfilment centre for online orders of large items such as furniture, sporting goods and garden equipment.

While officials say they plan to hire some 600 staff initially, the facility is being constructed with a capacity for 1,000 employees.

The warehouse requires its own wastewater treatment facility because of its distance from central Ottawa. This week, Kanata’s Clearford Water Systems said it had signed a contract to design and build an advanced membrane bioreactor wastewater treatment plant to process the sewage generated by employees.

“This is an exciting project to showcase Clearford’s model for integrated water services in our own backyard,” said Clearford president and CEO Kevin Loiselle in a statement.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Broccolini contract aligns with a new business strategy announced by Clearford last year that would see the firm offer a full suite of water and wastewater solutions to municipalities and private developers, much like a utilities operator, by designing, building and operating water and wastewater treatment facilities on a long-term basis.