July 30 2020

Oversight Services Contract Approved

City Council approved the recommendation to the Wastewater Treatment Plant Construction Oversight Services Contract to Associated Engineering for up to $4,333,994. Oversight Services Contract.

July 21 2020

Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land

The City applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development for a Right of Way for a Marine Outfall situated on Provincial Crown Land.

July 21 2020

Canadian Navigable Waters Act - Notice of Application

The City of Powell River hereby gives notice that an application has been made to the Minister of Transport, pursuant to the Canadian Navigable Waters Act for approval of the work described herein and its site and plans.

August 2019

Funding Approved

The City was awarded $30,400,000 from the Government of Canada and $25,330,800 from the Government of British Columbia for a total of $55,730,800 in funding to build a new WWTP. The City's investment is $24,069,200.

August 2018

Federal Government Warnings

The City received three separate warning letters from the Government of Canada Environment and Climate Change Canada about Powell River's failure to comply with regulations. It's the first time the City was notified by the federal government regarding contraventions with the wastewater system effluent regulations. Continued non-compliance could lead to fines of between $5,000 to $6 million a day.

May 2018

Public Engagement

May 2018

Design Approval

Council approved the natural integration theme for the design of the WWTP.

April 2018

Environmental Assessment

An 80-page environmental impact study by the City's project consultants, Associated Engineering, was released on the outfall from the WWTP into the Georgia Strait (Salish Sea).

February 2018

Plan Approval

Council approved a consolidated WWTP that will bring the City into compliance with federal and provincial environment regulations. .

March 2017

Initial Design Phase Funding

The City received $3.3 million toward the initial design phase of the WWTP. The Government of Canada contributed half of the full amount and the Government of BC provided a third. The City was responsible for the remaining 17 per cent of the cost, or roughly $680,000.

February 2017

Land Purchase

The City approved a location for the new facility, with $575,000 from the city’s sewer-reserve fund to go toward purchasing two 10-acre lots at and around the existing Townsite treatment plant and wastewater outfall.

March 2015

Plan Finalized

As mandated by the provincial Ministry of Environment, City Council approved a consolidated wastewater treatment plan for submission to the ministry. A town hall meeting was scheduled to complete the public consultation plan.

June 2011

Letter from the Government of BC Minister of Environment

A letter from the Government of BC Minister of Environment, Mary Polak, was delivered to the City. The letter read in part:

"I commend the city on its success in developing a comprehensive plan for the long-term management of solid waste. I am satisfied that the direction and the commitments in the liquid waste management plan are supportable and the public and first nations review and consultation process meets ministry requirements."

February 2011

Public Engagement

A joint technical-local advisory committee directed staff to develop a comprehensive community public consultation process in advance of site selection for the new WWTP.