Mr. Beaton joined Lotowater Technical Services Inc. in 2005 after having worked in the consulting and contracting field for more than 20 years. He has extensive experience in environmental contracting, engineering, and hydrogeology with particular emphasis on water supply assessment, evaluation of residential development on natural resources, design of dewatering systems, contaminant hydrogeology, and design and installation of sewage and water treatment systems. In addition to his Engineering degree from Queen’s University and Master’s degree from the University of Waterloo, Mr. Beaton is a certified Class 1 Water Treatment System Operator and a licensed septic system installer. Mr. Beaton has appeared as an expert witness on his client’s behalf at OMB hearings, arbitration hearings, appeals of MOE decisions, and in legal proceedings.
Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO)
M.Sc. (Hydrogeology) - University of Waterloo
B.Sc. (Mining Engineering) - Queen’s University
City of Guelph – A detailed assessment of the Clythe, Smallfield and Sacco Wells was undertaken to determine whether they could be returned to municipal use. The 2006 City of Guelph Master Water Supply Plan concluded that, since these bedrock wells were already permitted and connected to the municipal infrastructure, investigative efforts should be made to establish that there was a sufficient supply at each location and, if so, associated water quality concerns should be identified so that appropriate treatment options could be determined. The work associated with this project included detailed investigations of each well to determine flow producing zones, water quality from each major zone and confirming sustainable yields. Lotowater completed borehole geophysics, packer testing, flow profiling and extended duration pumping tests and produced high quality data to Stantec Consulting for analysis and reporting.
RegionalMunicipality of Waterloo – Lotowater was retained by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, as part of the Integrated Urban System Groundwater Supply and Optimization Project (IUS), to undertake testing, rehabilitation and servicing of Wells K41 and K42A, unused wells located in the Lancaster well field. Work was conducted under the direction and supervision of Golder Associates Ltd. who were retained by the RMOW to complete and implement the IUS study. Activities completed by Lotowater comprised well rehabilitations, pump and motor inspections, video inspections and diagnostic testing to determine if K41 and K42A could be returned to the municipal water supply system. Extended duration, high capacity pumping tests were carried out concurrently on each well as part of this study.
City of Greater Sudbury - Lotowater was retained in 2006 by the City of Greater Sudbury to complete pump servicing and rehabilitation of six wells in the Hanmer area, referred to as the Valley Wells. Following rehabilitation efforts at the Pharand Well, video and geophysical logging revealed the presence of holes in the well casing immediately above the screen. Since this breach rendered the well unsafe for continued use, the City of Greater Sudbury immediately authorized Lotowater to install a liner to salvage this important source of potable water to city residents. Due to the nature and location of the holes, the placement of grout between the 250 mm liner and the original 300 mm casing was more complicated than normally encountered and required extreme care and the use of specialized high pressure equipment. Lotowater was able to complete this extremely difficult installation in a timely and cost effective manner, allowing the well to be restored to municipal use. Since one of the other Valley Wells, the Michelle Well, was constructed at the same time and by the same well contractor as the Pharand Well using the same construction practices and materials, the City of Greater Sudbury approved a liner installation for that source also. Subsequent inspections of the Pharand Well in December 2007 and November 2008 revealed that it continued to operate satisfactorily.
Brethren of Early Christianity - Aquifer pumping tests were completed on commercial water supply wells and gravel pit water supply wells for the Brethren of Early Christianity in Blandford-Blenheim Township. The commercial water supply wells also provided potable water for the estimated 150 residents of the property. The pumping tests showed that the high volume water takings at the site caused no impacts to nearby private water wells or to an on-site cold-water fishery creek.
John Bayus Park Limited - A hydrogeology study, including an evaluation of the existing site sewage disposal and water supply services, was completed for this approximately 170-lot mobile home park located in the Town of Flamborough as part of a rezoning application. The study, which included two pumping tests, revealed that the existing water supply system, comprised of four bedrock wells, is capable of providing the long-term requirements of the estimated 350 park residents without impacting nearby residential and agricultural wells. A water treatment system involving filtration and chlorine retention tanks was designed and installed in accordance with Ontario Regulation 459/00.
Middlebrook Water Bottling Company, Elora - Two aquifer performance tests were performed using an existing artesian well were carried out to confirm the availability of potable water for a proposed bottling operation; delineate the areas contributing water to this well; evaluate the intrinsic susceptibility of groundwater to contamination within this capture zone from existing and potential surface contamination sources; and evaluate the potential for interference with the water supply of nearby private residential wells
OlympiaVillage Trailer Park- Existing site services were evaluated as part of a rezoning application. The site, a 189 lot seasonal and year round trailer park, is currently serviced for sewage disposal by a combination of holding tanks, in-ground Class 2 leaching pits, and a singlelarge Class 4 septic system with a dump station. The hydrogeological investigation of the property, including a 48 hour pumping test, determined that improvements to the existing services were necessary and concluded that a treatment system with denitrification capability was required. An Ontario Municipal Board hearing resulted in an approval of the desired rezoning. A 63,000 L/day sewage treatment system was designed and a Certificate of Approval was obtained from the MOE.