Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

2017

The 2017 Capital Projects for Wastewater (Sanitary Sewer) Systems include:

Older projects of interest:

Sewer Outfall Relocation - Part 1 

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$2,650,000
NRRM; Province of BC
2016
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April 27, 2017

Description:  The main wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) outfall discharges to daylight. In July of 2011, the outfall was put under an order from the Ministry of Environment (MOE) to be replaced because it does not meet regulatory requirements. There were two significant non-compliance issues:

  1. Relocation of our existing WWTP outfall to the main channel; and,
  2. The need to install a system to disinfect WWTP effluent.

Due to the significant anticipated project costs, a Sewer Master Plan was developed to identify capacities and shortcomings of the existing system in order to most effectively meet immediate and future needs relating to regulatory compliance, sustainability and growth. We are now ready to begin the relocation of the sewer outfall to the main channel. Preliminary geotechnical work has just been completed to confirm the best path from the Wastewater Treatment Plant to the newly proposed river discharge, which is the last step to confirm final design. Permitting, required archaeology studies, and the consultation phase of this project can now begin. It is anticipated that permits and authorizations to proceed will be obtained in early fall. Our Asset Management Program noted this as a high priority project; in fact, it’s the highest priority project over the next 5 years. Work in 2016 includes tendering the clearing portion of this project, to commence late this season, along with the installation of the diffuser (river work). Line installation from the WWTP through to the outfall location will be constructed in 2017 under a separate budget.

Project Updates:

22 June 2016: Applications for permits, licences and studies are currently underway to finalize requirements for design and tender.  Work on this project may begin as early as this fall.

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Sewer Renewal Program

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$1,100,000

NRRM; Province of BC

2016

Renewal

April 26, 2017

Description:  Community sewer infrastructure, including sewer mains and treatment lagoons, needs to be renewed overtime to protect community and environmental health. Our Asset Management Program noted the initiation of a renewal program for wastewater mains as a high priority project for replacement, and has identified an annual re-investment rate to maintain the integrity and sustainability of existing infrastructure. As part of the NRRM Sewer Asset Management Plan (SAMP), all NRRM sanitary sewer lines have been assessed as to age, condition, material and video indicators in order to identify existing condition. The SAMP has identified $600,000 annually to be re-invested in our existing infrastructure to maintain its integrity and sustainability. Critical areas of concern include those where the material is vitrified clay pipe, aged and in unreliable condition. Point repairs and relining are required in order to protect our system against premature deterioration and maintain its reliability.

 

In 2017, $1,100,000 of work is planned, including the rehabilitation (point repairs, excavated mainline replacements and relining) of almost 2,000 m of sewer mains.

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 Wastewater Treatment Plant Headworks

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$5,000,000

NRRM; Province of BC

2016

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Mr. Kia Zharabi, P. Eng.

Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.

200 – 4185A Still Creek Drive

Burnaby, BC  V5C 6G9

Email: kzahrabi@kwl.ca

Description:  The NRRM continues to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) as we strive to achieve regulatory compliance. The WWTP Headworks reduces grit accumulation in lagoons, and addresses overflow risk (from flooding and poor performance after major storms). Our Asset Management Program noted this as a medium priority project. This project includes the construction of a new building to the west of Aeration Cell No. 1 which will house mechanical screen and grit removal units. This form of wastewater pre-treatment aims to remove incoming coarse solids and debris, increase the efficiency of the lagoon aeration cells, increase available lagoon volume and hydraulic retention time for solids settling, and reduce the accumulations of grit, floatables and untreatable coarse solids in the influent chambers and piping at the WWTP. Work in 2016 includes tendering of the project and the first year of construction. Construction will continue in 2017 under a separate budget. NRRM’s wastewater system is an essential service to the Fort Nelson Townsite, which serves as the economic hub of NRRM.

Project Updates:

22 June 2016: 

The contract for Headworks was awarded to 

IDL Projects at the June 13, 2016 Regional Council meeting. Once a schedule has been confirmed, we will advise. Photo (right) is where the Headworks will be located.

42nd Street Sewer Replacement

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$25,000

NRRM; Province of BC

2016

Renewal

Description:  As part of our Asset Management program a large section of sewer pipe and storm pipe was replaced along 42nd Street from 50th Avenue South through to 52nd Avenue East.In 2016, we are required to complete some landscaping in private yards (sod), and minor clean-up activities along the boulevard. The intention is to bring this area back to its original condition.
 Project Updates:

10 June 2016: We will be placing sod on those properties along 42nd Street between 50th Avenue North and 52nd Avenue East, impacted by last year’s sewer replacement work. We are currently sourcing the sod, and will up-date this site once details are confirmed.

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Sewer Rehabilitation Program: 2016-2019

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$600,000

NRRM; Province of BC

2016

Renewal

Ron Serne

Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.

200 – 4185A Still Creek Drive,

Burnaby, BC  V5C 6G9

Phone:  604-293-3103            

Email:  rserne@kwl.ca

Description:  All NRRM sanitary sewer lines have been assessed as to age, condition, material and video indicators in order to identify existing condition. Critical areas of concern include those where the material is vitrified clay pipe, aged and in unreliable condition. Point repairs and relining are required in order to protect our system against premature deterioration and maintain its reliability. Our Asset Management Program noted the initiation of a renewal program for wastewater mains as a high priority project for replacement, and has identified $600,000 annually to be re-invested in our existing infrastructure to maintain its integrity and sustainability. This will enable NRRM to provide an acceptable level of service in the future. Each year, specific projects are identified within this budget according to priority. In 2016, there are 5 projects that have been identified. Work is reviewed against Road and Water Asset Management Programs to achieve efficiencies where possible. As with our other Asset Management Programs, any unutilized funds are to be carried over to reserves in order to address projects that may exceed $600,000 in the future.
Project Updates: 

A invitation to tender closes on June 29; contract award is anticipated to take place at the July 11, 2016 Regional Council meeting .  

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