Sponsored by the District of Sechelt
Sechelt’s New Wastewater Treatment Facility
Opened Thanks to Government Partnership.
Project completed thanks to funding from federal,
provincial and local governments
October 16, 2014 – Sechelt, British Columbia
Sechelt’s innovative state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility is now operational.
Designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold accreditation, the Sechelt Water Resource Centre will provide residents with energy-efficient wastewater treatment for years to come. As one of its innovative elements, a greenhouse will use organic processes to help filter waste products. Improved treatment methods also mean that odours and noise that were previously produced during the treatment process will be eliminated.
Funding for this $24.9 million project was provided from a variety of sources. The Government of Canada’s total contribution is over $18 million, comprised of $8 million from the federal Gas Tax Fund, $1.6 million from the Communities Component of the 2007 Building Canada Fund, and a non-repayable grant and low interest loan totalling $8.4 million from the Green Municipal Fund. The Province of British Columbia provided $1.6 million. The Sechelt Indian Government District paid $1.68 million to purchase treatment capacity for its residents and businesses. The balance of the project cost of $3.7 million was contributed by the District of Sechelt using reserves set aside for this purpose.
• The Government of Canada provides $253,276,892 in annual funding for municipal infrastructure in British Columbia through the federal Gas Tax Fund.
• The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in BC, in
collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.
• Since 2006, the federal Gas Tax Fund has made $10.73 million available to the District of Sechelt.
• Under the Communities Component of the 2007 Building Canada Fund, the Government of Canada has also invested in important projects across British Columbia with matching contributions from the provincial government. Thousands of residents across the province are now enjoying the benefits of this significant investment to Canada and British Columbia’s public infrastructure.
• The Green Municipal FundTM is an endowment from Natural Resources Canada and Environment Canada. In 2000, the Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) with $550 million to establish and administer the funding. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection. The projects funded are the very best examples of leadership and innovation in municipal sustainable development.
“Our Government is pleased to have provided funding to the construction of the new Sechelt Water Resource Centre. This project has spanned two local governments, and I have had the pleasure of working alongside both. It is great to see this project of this size and importance comes to fruition. Modern and effective waste water treatment is essential to ensuring the health and well-being of our communities, as well as protecting our coastal and aquatic ecosystems. Through our $53-billion New Building Canada Plan, we continue to support infrastructure projects of national, regional and local significance.” John Weston
Member of Parliament for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country
“This new water resource centre is a great example of government partnerships in action. Through collaborative investments by the Government of British Columbia, Government of Canada and District of Sechelt, we are putting in place award-winning, green infrastructure that addresses the essential needs of the community, while protecting the long-term health and sustainability of the region for British Columbians and their families.” Coralee Oakes
Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
“The Centre demonstrates how Sechelt is embracing new ideas to improve protection of our environment and the quality of life our residents enjoy. It takes an innovative approach to treating wastewater and recovering resources on a compact site that is central to the community it serves. We are proud of this accomplishment and eager to show the results to our residents and the world.” John R. Henderson Mayor District of Sechelt
“Municipal leaders are often the first point of contact in addressing key issues and are instrumental in effecting change. Sechelt’s Water Resource Centre is a stellar demonstration of a municipality successfully embracing innovation, gaining real value, and inspiring other Canadian communities. And it illustrates how all orders of government can work together to build our economy from the ground up, and improve the quality of life in our hometowns.” Brad Woodside President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Mayor of the City of Fredericton
“The federal Gas Tax Fund is providing much needed support to BC communities facing steep costs to upgrade wastewater systems. Sechelt’s new system promises to deliver energy-efficient treatment for years to come.” Sav Dhaliwal UBCM President
Government of Canada and FCM support Sechelt’s leading-edge Water Resource Centre
October 16, 2014, Sechelt, BC – John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country, and Brad Woodside, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of the City of Fredericton, New Brunswick, today announced through the Green Municipal FundTM (GMF), $1 million grant and a $7,407,702 loan to the District of Sechelt. The District used the $8,407,702 to fund a state-of-the-art tertiary wastewater treatment plant that exceeds the highest federal and provincial treatment standards.
This makes it one of the best performing facilities in Canada; providing safe, efficient and affordable wastewater treatment. The new facility is also designed to achieve LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification. The announcement was made during the official opening ceremony for the Sechelt Water Resource Centre (SWRC).
“Our Government is helping municipalities across the country to achieve their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for their citizens through the Green Municipal Fund,” said MP Weston. “Today’s announcement is another example of how our Government — in partnership with FCM — is helping communities like Sechelt build a greener future for our citizens.”
Located close to downtown Sechelt and adjacent to the Sechelt Marsh, the SWRC will be noiseless, free of nuisance odours and integrated into park-like surroundings. It will use 48 per cent less energy than the District’s existing treatment plants while having the capacity to treat almost twice the volume of wastewater. The SWRC employs the OrganicaTM treatment system, which uses growing plants to enhance the treatment process. This system is making its North American debut in Sechelt after a successful 10-year track record in Europe.
The SWRC will process wastewater into liquid effluent and dewatered biosolids. The standard of treatment will be one of the highest in Canada, meeting provincial reuse standards that are even higher than those in California. The high-quality effluent can be reused as non-potable water for landscape, industrial and agricultural purposes, including direct irrigation of food crops. Suspended solids discharged to the environment will decrease by 90 per cent.
Dewatered biosolids will be taken to a local company, Salish Soils, for composting into a Class A fertilizer product (the highest level of treatment in BC) suitable for unrestricted use. The innovative SWRC will also offer new business opportunities as a model to market the leading-edge technology and the know-how gained by the municipality, and has the potential to become a unique tourist attraction like similar projects in France.
“The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments,” said Mr. Woodside.
“The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund support the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. In this respect, Sechelt’s Water Resource Centre is a stellar demonstration of a municipality successfully embracing innovation, gaining real value, and inspiring other Canadian communities.”
“Sechelt is proud to be a leader in the use of state-of-the art technology to address the challenges our community faced in providing safe, efficient and affordable wastewater treatment,” said Sechelt Mayor John R. Henderson. “We are proud to be showcasing an innovative solution to one of the many infrastructure challenges faced by municipalities across Canada. Sechelt looks forward to sharing what we have learned and the approach that we have developed with other communities.”
This project is an exciting example of how GMF funding can be combined with funding from other programs — in this case, the UBCM Gas Tax Innovations Fund and the Building Canada Fund — to improve municipal infrastructure. In addition, the Sechelt Indian Government District, a customer of the SWRC, contributed funds towards the capital cost of the project.
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.
• See how the federal Gas Tax Fund provides long-term funding to help local governments build and revitalize their local infrastructure, visit infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html.
• For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit: infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/plan-eng.html.
• To learn more about the Government of Canada’s focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada’s Economic Action Plan: eap.gc.ca.
• For additional information on the Green Municipal Fund, visit: http://www.fcm.ca/home/programs/green-municipal-fund.htm
• To learn more about the funding provided by the Green Municipal Fund for this project, please visit www.fcm.ca/x22756.xml.
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