Columbia Pollution Control Centre Upgrade to Secondary Treatment

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Thanks for learning about the Columbia Pollution Control Centre Upgrade project. We will reopen this project if we have new information to share in 2021. 

Any questions or comments can be directed to engagement@rdkb.com

Take care, 

The Project Team

 The facility will be upgraded to carry out secondary liquid wastewater treatment.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) has completed the process of solidifying a long-term plan for sewage management for the communities of Oasis, Rivervale, Rossland, Warfield, and Trail.

Thank you everyone for your input and work on this. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy has approved the RDKB's Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) Phase 3. Please visit the attached approval letter and summary for results of the LWMP Process.

The RDKB’s current sewage treatment facility, the Columbia Pollution Control Centre (CPCC), was built in the 1970s and is in need of extensive upgrades or replacement to meet

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) has completed the process of solidifying a long-term plan for sewage management for the communities of Oasis, Rivervale, Rossland, Warfield, and Trail.

Thank you everyone for your input and work on this. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy has approved the RDKB's Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) Phase 3. Please visit the attached approval letter and summary for results of the LWMP Process.

The RDKB’s current sewage treatment facility, the Columbia Pollution Control Centre (CPCC), was built in the 1970s and is in need of extensive upgrades or replacement to meet far more stringent environmental regulations than the system was designed for and also to best ensure the long-term sustainability of sewage management in the region.

The draft plan - known formally as a Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) - is now at the final stage, stage 3, where a decision has been made on how to upgrade the infrastructure to meet the new environmental standards.

The upgrade will meet provincial and federal regulations to protect the Columbia River and increase capacity of the plant by over 50%.

The upgrade elements include

— Design for a population of 20,800 people (currently ~13,500)
— New headworks building with influent screening and grit removal
— New primary clarifiers for solids removal
— New secondary biological treatment process using the MBBR, moving bed biofilm reactor
— New small footprint dissolved air floatation secondary clarification
— New disinfection system using ultraviolet light
— Reuse existing anaerobic digesters for waste solids stabilization
— New building for dewatering waste biosolids
— Reclamation of waste effluent heat for building heating and cooling
— Reclamation of effluent for irrigation and non-potable water uses at the plant
— Comprehensive odour control
— Architectural building design and landscape design

Sustainability Design
The new buildings will be heated using waste effluent heat. This would otherwise be wasted and will help reduce natural gas consumption and lower our heating bills. Treated wastewater will be reclaimed for non-potable uses at plant, reducing potable water consumption by up to 200,000 litres per day.

Concerned About Odour?
Odourous wastewater treatment processes are enclosed and odour control systems will be installed to minimize impacts on residential areas.

Cost Estimates:
Project cost: ~$52,000,000
73% grant (subject to approval): ~$38,000,000
27% debt: ~$14,000,000
68.1% contribution from Trail
20% contribution from Rossland
11.2% contribution from Warfield
0.7% contribution from Area ‘B’
Annual debt servicing with grant: $740,000
Annual debt servicing without grant: $3,000,000
30 year debt interest rate: 3.15%
Annual Operations and Maintenance cost estimate: $593,000

City of Trail
Residents
Business
Property Tax Impact (for capital)
2018 Property Tax Bill
New Property Tax Bill
2018 Property Tax Bill
New Property Tax Bill
Assume 73% grant approved
$123
$227
$302
$555
Assume no grant
$123
$402
$302
$984
Sewer Charge Impact (for operations and maintenance)
Current Annual Sewer Charge
New Annual Sewer Charge
Assume 73% grant approved
$261
No Change
Assume no grant
$261
No Change


City of Rossland
Residents
Business
Property Tax Impact (for capital)
2018 Property Tax Bill
New Property Tax Bill
2018 Property Tax Bill
New Property Tax Bill
Assume 73% grant approved
No Change
No Change
No Change
No Change
Assume no grant
No Change
No Change
No Change
No Change
Sewer Charge Impacts (for operations and maintenance)
2018 Sewer Charge
New Annual Sewer Charge
2018 Sewer Charge
New Annual Sewer Charge
Assume 73% grant approved
$312
$456
$312
$456
Assume no grant
$312
$700
$312
$700


Village of Warfield
Residents
Business
Property Tax Impact (for capital)
2018 Property Tax Bill
New Property Tax Bill
2018 Property Tax Bill
New Property Tax Bill
Assume 73% grant approved
No Property Tax
$104
No Property Tax
$104
Assume no grant
No Property Tax
$422
No Property Tax
$422
Sewer Charge Impacts (for operations and maintenance)
Current Annual Sewer Charge
New Annual Sewer Charge
Assume 73% grant approved
$438
$521
Assume no grant
$438
$521


Electoral Area 'B'
Residents
Business
Property Tax Impact (for capital)
2018 Property Tax Bill
New Property Tax Bill
2018 Property Tax Bill
New Property Tax Bill
Assume 73% grant approved
No Change
No Change
No Change
No Change
Assume no grant
No Change
No Change
No Change
No Change
Sewer Charge Impacts (for operations and maintenance)
2018 Sewer Charge
New Annual Sewer Charge
2018 Sewer Charge
New Annual Sewer Charge
Assume 73% grant approved
$198
No Change
$247
No Change
Assume no grant
$198
$364
$247
$442


Please see document library for more detailed costs.

Guest Book

Thank you for you input to Phase 3 of the Liquid Waste Management Plan the guestbook is now closed for comments or questions while we review and compile your input.