Update on Community Sewer System Improvements project Print Article Font Size

work-in-lagoon.JPGIn late 2015, the Federal and Provincial governments granted nearly $1 million in funding from the New Building Canada Plan’s Small Communities Fund to the Town of Golden’s Community Sewer System Improvements project.

The funding is being used to complete Sewage Treatment Plant upgrades that will help to reduce energy consumption, increase system capacity, enhance treatment capabilities and reduce odour/greenhouse gas generation.

“As part of the asset management process, council and staff sought grant opportunities to make necessary improvements to our wastewater treatment facility,” says Town of Golden Mayor Ron Oszust. “We are grateful that the Federal and Provincial Governments chose Golden as a funding recipient for the Small Communities Fund.”

While not highly visible to the public, Mayor Oszust notes that the sewage treatment plant represents critical infrastructure utilized by every resident and business.

“These improvements will provide great value to the community, and reduce our impact on the environment.”

“British Columbia’s communities need efficient, modern infrastructure to prosper and grow,” said Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. “The Province will continue working with federal and local governments to provide support for core infrastructure, like this project in Golden, to ensure communities throughout the province can enjoy a cleaner and healthier environment.”

Currently, work is ongoing to make improvements to the Sewage Treatment Plant lagoon which includes the installation of liners and new aeration systems for two of the four ponds.

The liners will help reduce the risk of wastewater seeping into the ground or river – particularly when water levels are down as that is when there is the greatest risk of seepage.

The aeration system is a network of piping that circulates oxygen through the ponds. Replacing the system will improve the treatment process and reduce odour generation.

The pond lagoons are supplied by air blowers which will also be replaced next year, along with the centrifuge system which separates liquids from solids - the final step in waste management.

In addition to the work being done at the sewage treatment facility, the project also includes some off-site enhancements.

The A&T lift station, located by Fountain Tire, is subject to flooding in the spring. By making some improvements here, operations staff can reduce the amount of pumping required and lessen electrical consumption – good news for the environment! This facility is also undergoing much needed electrical infrastructure improvements.

At the 12th St. lift station, a “charcoal scrubber” will be installed– an air filtration system so that when air is vented at this site, the odours will be greatly reduced. New flow metres are also being installed so that staff can accurately measure 100-per-cent of influent going into the treatment plant. This, in turn will enable the Town to better measure the effects of seasonal groundwater infiltration into the collection system.

The Town anticipates that the upgrades to the lagoons will be substantially complete before winter 2017, and that all other onsite and offsite upgrades will be substantially complete by 2018. The multi-year project has to be done in phases in order to ensure that the operation schedule of the plant is maintained.

The total estimated cost of the project is $1.38 million and the funding is based on a 2/3 to 1/3 model that will see 2/3 coming from the Federal and Provincial governments and 1/3 coming from the Town of Golden.