News from Kamloops

April 20, 2012

Kamloops Sewage Treatment Centre upgrade project breaks ground

Kamloops, B.C. - This morning, dignitaries, funding partners, contractors, consultants, staff and media were on site for the groundbreaking of new upgrades to the Kamloops Sewage Treatment Centre.

"Through the Building Canada Fund - Communities Component our Government is meeting the infrastructure needs of Canada’s communities," said MP Cathy McLeod, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. "I am proud that we were able to support these crucial updates that will create jobs and grow the Kamloops economy."

The Kamloops Sewage Treatment Centre (KSTC) is located on the south bank of the Thompson River, across from the Kamloops Airport. The KSTC upgrade project will result in the improvement of effluent quality for discharge into the Thompson River. In addition to improving effluent quality, the upgrade project will replace the aging infrastructure, improve energy efficiency, and recover resources. The existing plant will remain online for the entire construction contract.

Infrastructure upgrades to the main plant are expected to increase treatment of wastewater to a volume of 60,000 m3 per day, increased from 37,000 m3. The existing lagoon-based plant will be converted into a biological treatment process to break down the sewage for discharge into the Thompson River, and will retain portions of the simple lagoon-based process for effluent reuse and irrigation. The plant upgrades will also include a new administration/control building; a new headworks building; two 44 m diameter concrete clarifiers; UV disinfection; an impermeable gas collection cover for odour control and methane gas collection; and a sludge withdrawal system.

"The new treatment facility will not only have greater capacity, but will be more effective, and improve water quality in the Thompson River," says Kamloops-North Thompson MLA and Minister of Environment Terry Lake.

The total cost of the project is $43.4 million, with a completion date set for February 2014. Funding partners include the Government of Canada's Building Canada Fund (Communities Component); the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund; BC Hydro; and the City of Kamloops.

"These upgrades will help to improve the quality of life for our residents, by reducing environmental impact and increasing energy efficiency, in support of our Sustainability Plan," said Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar.

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Media Contact:
Dion Silversides, Project Manager - Kamloops Sewage Treatment Centre
City of Kamloops