We are entering a new age of interconnectedness between natural and built systems. Water, energy and food systems are becoming intimately connected. Energy is needed to treat and transport water and water is needed to grow food and produce energy.
The District of Sechelt is a small, rural community of 9,000, that is 50 km, and a 40 minute ferry trip, northwest of Vancouver. When the District needed to replace two outdated, obsolete waste water treatment facilities, it turned to Colliers Project Leaders. The facilities were at capacity and expensive to operate. The District envisioned a Water Resource Centre with our team that would meet the community’s waste water treatment needs for the next 20 years. The new building would also be highly energy efficient and apply best practices in water management in the community.
The waste water treated by the resulting multiple award-winning Water Resource Centre and Reclaimed Water Facility can be used in local irrigation, agriculture and gravel mining. Building on Colliers Project Leaders experience with the City of Dawson Creek and Shell Canada’s LEED Gold Reclaimed Water Facility, we worked in partnership with Urban Systems, Maple Reinders (design-builder) and Organica to create a facility that:
The Water Resource Centre and Reclaimed Water Facility provide small municipalities, as well as remote and rural communities, with a model for applying best practices in water management. The project is also a great example of how to integrate energy efficiency and support local agriculture and industry, all while reducing the demand on the local watershed. The District’s visionary efforts has earned it numerous awards including:
Thanks to public and private initiatives, Canada is moving quickly toward a sustainable future. Projects such as the District of Sechelt Water Resource Centre and Reclaimed Water Facility show just how interconnected and innovative we can make that future.
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