After a year of sewage treatment woes, officials with the municipality’s Harbour Solutions Project are hoping to end 2009 on a high note with the opening of a final wastewater treatment facility in Herring Cove.


In a release issued Friday, Halifax Water General Manager Carl Yates said the facility should be up and running within a week, and residents should start seeing clearer water almost immediately.


The facility – one of three built as part of the $333-million Harbour Solutions Project - has been testing its systems with freshwater, and is now ready to start processing wastewater, said Yates.


Area councillor Steve Adams said he plans to check out the results for himself at the municipality’s annual polar bear dip Jan. 1.


“While I may not take the plunge on New Year’s day, the summer is looking good,” he said.

The Halifax and Dartmouth treatment facilities have been treating flows since early 2008, but a power outage on Jan. 14 of this year caused the Halifax facility to flood – resulting in significant damage and forcing officials to shut down operations.