Sustainable Water Resource Centre Wins Multiple Awards

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District of Sechelt
28 Nov, 2016

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 When the District needed to replace two outdated, obsolete waste water treatment facilities, it turned to Colliers Project Leaders.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:

  • Uses 48% less energy than the old plants
  • Has two times the treatment capacity
  • Does not use electricity or natural gas to heat
  • Generates 10% of its electrical needs on site through solar panels
  • Is designed to LEED Gold standards
  • Applies the highly energy efficient Organica® Fed Batch Reactor technology, a first in Canada
  • Uses plants grown in a greenhouse above the batch processes as part of the biological treatment
  • Is expected to enhance local property values
  • Produces no detectable odors, thanks to a state-of-the-art active filtration system
  • Operates extremely quietly, even when the emergency generator is in use

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.

We take sustainability seriously. We can help you do the same. Read our Sustainability Impact Report here. 

Ralf Nielsen
Principal and Director of Sustainability
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