Tuesday, October 27, 2020

City of Prince Rupert takes first early steps towards Water Treatment Plant planning

With work on the Water Dam moving ahead, the city is turning
its attention towards planning for a water treatment facility for Prince Rupert

(Screenshot from City of PR video)

The road towards improved water for Prince Rupert began this week with a Request for Proposals posted to the provincial BC Bid site, with the city seeking out proponents to conduct an assessment of the city's water supply system and provide recommendations for treatment based on the properties found in the local supply.

In their introduction to the RFP, the City has outlined what it will be looking for from the successful applicant.

Based on the following components, the City is looking to implement the most efficient and cost effective solution to treat its water supply: 

(i) Historical Water Data from Woodworth Lake, Shawatlans Lake and Montreal Circle. 
(ii) Historical weather data
(iii) Water composition data from water sources
(iv) Watermain Network (Including Reservoirs and Booster Stations)
(v) Utilization of Municipal owned land
(vi) Obtain any additional information needed to complete water system overview

The work will include, with the help of city staff, review of existing data, drawings, plans and propose various solutions that will reflect efficiency, effectiveness and cost savings to the project. 

Towards the Scope of Services that the City will expect to be provided the list includes:   

(i) Fully review current City water distribution system
(ii) Analysis of water source at point of origin (Shawatlans and Woodworth Lake)
(iii) Review existing information or obtain any additional data needed to complete the review process
(iv) Propose most applicable, efficient and effective way to treat water
(v) Provide a report, with options, of proposed water treatment solution
(vi) Present the report, along with findings, to the City Staff
(vii) Make clear recommendation based on findings 

The Draft report should be completed by January 12, 20201 with a Final Report delivered to the City by February 2, 2021

You can learn more about the Bid expectations and process for application here

The deadline for proponents to submit their bids is by 2 PM on November 17th.

The assessment, which the city calls a 'fingerprint' is the first stage of what will be a two year plus development plan that will see a fully completed Water Treatment plant completed in 2023.

The city was awarded an Investing in Canada Infrastructure grant in August of 2019 and since then says that it has been collecting water quality data and working with the province towards a path forward.

Mayor Lee Brain and MLA Jennifer Rice celebrating the awarding
of grant month to the City of Prince Rupert in the summer of 2019

In an update on the city's website, it was noted that the delay in moving forward with their plans came as part of the impact of COVID-19. 

In the Spring, progress on this project was somewhat delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which impacted capacity at all levels of government. As we move into the Fall/Winter, project activities with Provincial oversight have resumed, and the City is pleased to see the project advancing. Although the exact form of treatment is not yet known, the end result will be a water treatment facility with multiple barriers of treatment that will replace our current single-barrier of treatment, and will serve the community for generations to come.

You can review their full statement here.

As well the city has posted a video to it's YouTube channel that highlights all of the elements of their water projects. Among the key notes from the video presentation was the progress for the city's water dam which is Phase Two of the water infrastructure project. 

In the video update, the City notes that the Dam has reached the 20% completion stage so far, with an anticipated completion date by the end of 2021.

For more notes on the city's infrastructure planning see our archive page here.

A look at past Requests for Bids and contracts can be reviewed here.

A wider overview of City Council discussion themes is available from our archive here.

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