Water Treatment Technical Tour #2

Three distinct tours have been organized to enhance the learning opportunities for attendees at the 2015 BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show. This tour showcases the City of Kelowna Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Okanagan College Wastewater Heat Recovery process.

Tour Details

Date: Friday May 29, 2015
Time:  9:00 - 11:30am
Location:  Bus departs from The Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel at the North Entrance
Price:  Registration closed
CEUs: 0.1

 
This tour includes bus transportation to and from the tour sites.

This tour provides attendees with an insight into the Powers Creek Treatment Plant in West Kelowna. The $18.7 million treatment plant was commissioned in 2007 and is one of the most advanced water treatment facilities in BC.

The state-of-the-art, award-winning facility delivers drinking water that meets or exceeds federal and provincial standards. In order to achieve this high-quality, the plant uses three levels of treatment: filtration, chlorination and ultraviolet disinfection. The water quality today is in sharp contrast to the poor water quality preceding construction, as each year the spring runoff (freshet) resulted in high turbidity and discolouration posing both safety and aesthetic concerns, which resulted in boil water advisories.

In the 1990s, trustees of the Westbank Irrigation District set out a plan to resolve the quality issues and modernize their water delivery system. In the following years, the irrigation district managed to save $10 million for improvements, which included contributions toward a water treatment facility. In 2005, Westbank ratepayers approved borrowing $11 million to supplement the costs of constructing the 54 mega litre (million litres) per day Powers Creek Water Treatment Plant and eight mega litre reservoir.



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