Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Water System

The 2017 Capital Projects for the Water System include:

Older projects of interest include:

Upper Pumphouse Mechanical Renewal 

Budget: $500,000
Funding Sources: 
NRRM; Province of BC
Construction Start Date: 
July, 2016
Type of Work: 
Renewal
Description:  
The upper pumphouse was commissioned approximately 38 years ago and still contains the original diesel fire pump.  The diesel fire pump is utilized for all fire flow situations and has had reliability issues in the past. The duty pump is only used during power outages as a back up to the 2 main duty pumps and has had reliability issues in the past.  

Our Asset Management Program noted this as a high priority project for replacement.  In 2015 a detailed design was completed for the project and we are now moving forward with construction in 2016. The scope of work includes:

  • Replacement of the aging and unreliable diesel fire pump with an electric fire pump
  • Installation of a natural gas genset for back‐up power of the new electric fire pump, and back‐up power for the existing duty pumps, eliminating the diesel duty pump
  • Replacement of electrical service and original control panels with a new 600V service ‐ Conversion of electric heat to natural gas heat
  • Provide for future installation of another domestic water pump (required for growth i.e. Mountainview development)
Project Updates:
15 June 2016: This project is currently out for tender which closes June 30.  It is anticipated that Council will award the contract at the regular Regional Council meeting July 11, 2016.

Upper Reservoir Feeder Replacement

Budget: $700,000
Funding Sources: 
NRRM; Province of BC
Construction Start Date: 
August, 2016
Type of Work: 
Renewal
Description:  
There is a section of 350/300 mm diameter main feeder pipe servicing our upper reservoir that is original ductile iron from the 1978.  It is the last remaining non‐PVC piping in the system, and distributes water to the entire NRRM system.

Our Asset Management Program noted this as a high priority project for replacement given condition assessment results.  The feeder pipe has been identified as critical due to its age, material, and the severity of consequences if it were to fail.  This project will include detailed design, tendering, construction and contract administration for the upgrade.  It will ensure that water can be reliably distributed from the upper reservoir to users throughout the water system.

Project Updates: 
15 June 2016: The project is current under final design, with a tender opportunity to follow.

Filtration System Renewal - Water Treatment Plant

Budget: $600,000
Funding Sources: 
NRRM; Province of BC
Construction Start Date: 
October, 2016
Type of Work: 
Renewal
Description:  
The Water Treatment Plant filter media is at the end of its useful life and is due for replacement.

Our Asset Management Program noted this as a high priority project for replacement.  The media currently does not operate at design capacity nor meet the outlet turbidity requirement of the Drinking Water Guidelines for filtered water. The current underdrain is fatigued plastic and needs replacing with stainless steel in order to mitigate significant and costly repairs should failure occur.  The project includes complete replacement of all filter media as well as the underdrain pipes and associated controls. This work will provide us with the ability to operate at design capacity within regulated guidelines, perform efficient backwash and control which results in significant water savings.

Project Updates: 
15 June 2016: A pilot project is currently underway to aid in determining the most efficient filtration for our treatment process and its unique characteristics.  Following the pilot project, plans will be developed to replace and upgrade the filtration system for water clarification.

Water Meter Renewal Program

Budget: $20,000
Funding Sources: 
NRRM; Province of BC
Construction Start Date: 
2016
Type of Work: 
Renewal
Description:  
Water meters have a useful life of approximately 20 years. Beyond this period, the meter may lag and produce numbers that are lower than actual volumes consumed and replacement may be necessary. Our Asset Management Program noted this as a medium priority project for renewal and retrofits. Our water meter equipment and instrumentation has reached the age where testing and the possible renewal of equipment and/or instrumentation is required to maintain adequate and efficient measures of water consumption from end users. This is also essential to maintain confidence in our billing process.

Project Updates: 

Plans are in place to verify aged meters to ensure they are reading accurately, and be replaced should they not be in proper working order.

Water Treatment Plant MCC Cabinet Replacement

Budget: $100,000
Funding Sources: 
NRRM
Construction Start Date:
 Sept./Oct. 2016
Type of Work: 
Renewal
Description:  
The existing water treatment plant MCC cabinet has severe oxidization due to a chlorine leak that occurred at the plant many years ago. This oxidization has left the MMC Cabinet and its electrical components prone to failure. In 2015 an order was placed to custom design and build the replacement MCC cabinet. This installation requires power to be shut off to the plant and for temporary power supplies to be installed on critical processes. The most efficient way to achieve this is during times of low flow, and warmer temperatures. Our Asset Management Program noted this as a medium priority project for replacement scheduled for 2015. Due the complexity of the design, the manufacturer was not able to have the unit built and shipped in time to meet our fall installation deadline last year. Parts started showing up in the new year and we plan on doing the installation this year once all parts are received.

Project Updates: 
15 June 2016: Plans are in place for the main MCC Cabinet to be replaced this fall.

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