McTavish pumping station: Refurbishment project

Last updated March 21, 2022
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Montréal’s McTavish pumping station, a strategic installation with a heritage building, distributes potable water to over 1.25 million residents. To enable it to play its role reliably for the long term, it needs refurbishment.

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July 2020 to end of 2030


On Avenue Du Docteur-Penfield between Rue McTavish and Avenue Des Pins West, close to the McGill university campus and Parc Rutherford.


  • Equipment updates and replacement
  • Upgrading of various facilities, including water distribution, building mechanical and structural elements, electricity and automation
  • Repositioning of equipment for improved maintenance and repair
  • Refurbishment of infrastructures

Project Phases

Phase 1

Preparatory work – From July 2020 to December 2022

  • Replacement and improvement of water supply and distribution mains under Avenue Du Docteur-Penfield
  • Installation of measurement equipment and valves
  • Transfer of a power line
  • Reconstruction of a retaining wall


These works will enable the partial shutdown of the pumping station, needed to carry out phase 2 of the project.

Phase 2

Main project – end of 2023 to end of 2030

  • Securing of the building’s masonry walls
  • Installation of new pumping equipment
  • Construction of a supply line to the pumps
  • Upgrades to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning
  • Complete renewal of electrical installations


Built between 1928 and 1932, the pumping station is put to the test on a daily basis. Its aging equipment must be replaced to provide reliable capacity for drinking water distribution.


  • Maintain a reliable and continuous drinking water distribution service
  • Bring the installation up to current standards
  • Improve the maintenance and raise the health and safety standards


  • Greater reliability and longer life of the infrastructures
  • Improved operational flexibility
  • Public heritage preserved for future generations
  • Improved seismic resistance of the building

Progress of the work and daily impacts

The city is taking steps to minimize the impact of public works projects on your day-to-day life. Read our article to learn about all project progress and the most recent notices sent to area residents.