Powell River advisers hear the latest news on the wastewater treatment plant


Councilors for the Town of Powell River have received an overview of what is happening at the Consolidated Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is currently under construction at Townsite.

At the finance committee meeting on August 26, the director of infrastructure services, Tor Birtig, said that since the last monthly report to the finance committee on July 22, there had been a few change orders from the contract to administration of construction with Associated Engineering. He said one of them included additional odor sampling so that there could be a baseline for odors, and it was completed on August 17. The cost was $ 8,348.

“They found smells emanating from the plant site which they described as a sour hot dog smell,” Birtig said. “There were also smells coming from our existing factory at Townsite. “

Birtig said there was also $ 24,982 in additional design work for the selected sludge acceptance plant. He said the two additional expenses bring the Associated Engineering contract to $ 4,838,634.

Birtig said the mediation process, which involves Caribou Mountain Construction, is ongoing and there is nothing further to report. This is the discharge contract, which was terminated when Fisheries and Oceans Canada expressed environmental concerns about the underwater environment, where eelgrass was found.

Birtig said on the construction site, Graham Infrastructure is making great strides.

“If any of you have seen the site, the bulk excavation is still in progress,” Birtig said. “They probably have about 10% or 15% of the excavation left. They have laid a foundation for the building of the process. They installed manholes, sunk the base of the tower crane, and as you know it has been erected ever since.

“The crane capacity alarms have been tested and on August 27, firefighters are conducting height rescue training on the crane so that they can be there in the event of an incident. Work continues at a rapid pace there.

Birtig said on August 24 that there were around 50 employees on site.

He added that the city continues to coordinate with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure regarding the seismic work underway on the Wildwood Bridge. Birtig said the city wants to make sure there is no conflict with the Wildwood pipeline and the ministry’s bridge work.

Measurements provide a baseline

Councilor Rob Southcott asked if odor sampling should provide control. Birtig said the measurements will provide a baseline.

“If we find issues later, we can compare it to the baseline and find out where the odors are actually coming from,” Birtig said.

Adviser to finance committee chairman George Doubt said he believed August 2021 was the target date for the redesign and clearance of the new emissary design. He said he wondered how it was.

Birtig said the design has been finalized and included in a tender dossier, which is with Graham Infrastructure. Birtig said they would take over the tender for that plot, which is scheduled to end on September 21.

“In the meantime, our consultant should just complete the information to bring to Fisheries and Oceans Canada to hopefully get the final green light,” Birtig said.

Doubt said the bidding and the work with fisheries and oceans appeared to be done at the same time. Birtig said it was.

Birtig said Fisheries and Oceans is asking to review the amended plans and that is what will be presented, along with the final design drawings and construction practices.

“It’s a risk that worries me,” said Doubt, “so hopefully we resolve it very soon.”


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