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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Calgary opens the doors on new $430-million-dollar Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Centre

The City of Calgary’s Water Services group opened the doors on its new $430-million-dollar Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Centre today.

The centre, which is being recognized as one of Canada’s most technically advanced and environmentally friendly waste water treatment plants in the country, is expected to meet Calgary’s future population growth of up to 1.75 million people.

“Pine Creek is using one of the newest tertiary filtration systems in the world. It allows us to remove even more of the phosphorus and other impurities than ever before in a very efficient way,” says Jennifer Sharp, Wastewater Treatment Manager for Water Services.

Pine Creek can treat up to 100 million litres of wastewater per day, with infrastructure in place to expand in future years to a capacity of 700 million litres a day.

The Pine Creek project received a Gold rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental design (LEED) Program. The entire Centre was also used as a model in developing standards for the Canadian Green Building Council’s Campus and Multiple Building Application.

In keeping with its environmentally friendly design, 50 per cent of the energy to the plant is wind power, with methane gas being captured and utilized to heat the buildings.

“We’re producing some of the country’s most highly treated wastewater to protect the water quality in the Bow River as well as public health and fisheries downstream. It’s a win for the entire southern Alberta region,” says Sharp.

Pine Creek joins Calgary’s two other wastewater treatment plants, Bonnybrook and Fish Creek, in using some of the most advanced wastewater treatment technology to clean the city’s wastewater before returning it to the Bow River.

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