Upgraded wastewater plant will better protect people, environment in Canadian province.
- March 9, 2023
- Posted by: Sinead Sprigg
- Category: Environmental, Global, Water Treatment, North America
The province of British Columbia (BC) is providing $250 million to Metro Vancouver to cover upgrades to a wastewater treatment plant in Richmond, ensuring it can meet the demands of the growing population while protecting the health of people and the environment. The money will cover one-third of the total cost of Phase 1 of the upgrade project to the Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is situated on the west cost of the province of British Columbia. Funds will support facility upgrades that will help improve wastewater capacity and quality for more than 750,000 residents.
“B.C.’s population is growing at an unprecedented rate, and with that growth comes increasing demands on our infrastructure and our environment,” said Premier David Eby. “Municipalities need help building climate-resilient infrastructure that provides people with the services they need while protecting nature. That’s why we’re investing $250 million in upgrading Richmond’s Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant to ensure our communities and our coastal waters remain healthy.”
Metro Vancouver is engaging with local First Nations through the project planning phase and is working closely with the Musqueam Indian Band whose primary lands are directly across the north arm of the Fraser River from the Iona facility.
“I would like to extend my gratitude to the Province for cost sharing in one of the largest and most transformative infrastructure projects Metro Vancouver has ever undertaken,” said George V. Harvie, board chair, Metro Vancouver. “Together, we are protecting important marine environments, creating jobs, improving resiliency to climate change and taking meaningful steps toward reconciliation.”
The upgrades must meet federal regulatory requirements. Phase 1 is underway and is scheduled to conclude in 2026. This work sets the foundation for additional updates to address treatment regulations.