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Metro Vancouver to build $700m wastewater treatment plant in British Columbia, Canada

CTBR Staff Writer Published 13 March 2017

Metro Vancouver is all set to construct a new $700m wastewater treatment plant in the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) on the North Shore at Vancouver.

Known as the Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant, the project will be relocated to a new site owned by the Metro Vancouver from the originally announced location of the Squamish Nation Reserve.

The wastewater treatment project has received a joint funding of up to $450m towards its construction from the concerned government authorities. Besides, the BC Government will be contributing $193m while Metro Vancouver will be handling the remainder of the costs.

BC Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Peter Fassbender said that the project will create more than 6,500 jobs apart from providing modern and efficient infrastructure to the region.

Once operational, it is said to put forth the best practices for treating wastewater and resource recovery, thereby decreasing the carbon footprint of the Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant.

According to Metro Vancouver, water will be conserved and reclaimed inside the plant, while rainwater will be harvested outside it for reuse.

As per Metro Vancouver Board Chair and Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore, the new sustainable treatment plant will take over from the primary facility that had been serving the North Shore for the last 55 years.

Moore added: “At an estimated cost of $700m, the Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant will incorporate leading-edge technologies in integrated resource recovery, greenhouse-gas reductions and energy use, while serving as a critical community asset for the next generation of residents and businesses on the growing North Shore.”

Upon completion of the Lions Gate Secondary project, the British Columbia districts of West and North Vancouver, Squamish Nation and the City of North Vancouver will get access to an enhanced modern wastewater system.