The City of Mount Pearl subsidizes the regional public transit system (Metrobus) which has been operating daily in Mount Pearl for the past 40 years. Metrobus currently operates two (2) routes within Mount Pearl and provides quality transportation to and from the capital city. For information on routes and schedules please visit the Metrobus website.
The City of Mount Pearl is involved with a number of regional services within the Northeast Avalon region. The City's Engineering Division is directly involved with two of these regional services, namely the Regional Water Supply and the collection and disposal of regional wastewater.
The Regional Water Treatment Plant is located at Bay Bulls Big Pond which is the source water for the regional water supply. The plant has a capacity of 105,000 m3 per day and uses ozonation as its disinfection process. Prior to treatment, the source water is filtered, settled and diffused through the ozone contact chambers to achieve required disinfection. Prior to entering the distribution system small amounts of chlorine and ammonia are added to the water to maintain a disinfection residual within the many kilometers of distribution system served by this plant.
Regional Water Authority
The Regional Water System is administered by the Regional Water Authority which is composed of both elected and staff representatives from the five municipalities using the service. The Authority is responsible for all matters relating to the supply of water from the Bay Bulls Regional Water System, including capital works, water quality, water conservation initiatives and establishing fees.
Regional Wastewater Services
The City of Mount Pearl, along with the City of St. John's, the Town of Paradise, the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of Canada, is working cooperatively on the construction of a sewage treatment plant for the treatment of wastewater from the three municipalities. To date the municipalities have been meeting in an ad hoc fashion to coordinate efforts in this area including review of design, cost sharing arrangements and tendering of contracts.
The municipalities are working toward establishing a permanent Regional Wastewater Committee to deal with the ongoing operational aspects of this undertaking once the system becomes functional.
The project involves the collection of all wastewater from the cities of Mount Pearl and St. John's as well as wastewater from a portion of the Town of Paradise. Delivery to the sewerage treatment plant will be via the trunk sewer mains to where the wastewater will be screened and given primary treatment. The plant has a capacity of approximately 337,000m3 /day. The effluent will then be disinfected and outfalled through a diffuser system in the St. John's Harbour. The sewage sludge will go through a digestion process before being disposed of. The project is a multiyear project slated for completion by 2008 at a cost of $93,000,000.00.
Design of the plant will allow for the addition of enhanced primary treatment and secondary treatment in the future, if required.