The BCIA Okanagan Branch invites members to join a guided tour of the Okanagan Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and newly commissioned Polishing Wetland.
Pre-Registration is required before June 01. Register at the bottom of this page. - Registration is closed
The WWTP has been processing wastewater for almost a decade with the multi-year commissioning of the Polishing Wetland in 2022. The state-of-the art facility utilizes treated effluent throughout the plant in various way which will be discussed on the guided tour. The commissioning of the Polishing Wetland in 2022 provides additional opportunities for innovation using natural ecosystem processes and phytoremediation to further improve the quality of the discharge water.
The WWTP is an advanced tertiary treatment plant that takes in sewage effluent, treats and then creates an effluent discharge (water) that meets Canadian drinking water standards and sludge or biosolids. The effluent goes into the wetlands which provide further polishing by removing phosphorus and metals while creating important habitat in one of Canada most sensitive areas.
The biosolids is then mixed with pruning’s, yard and wood waste, composted and turned into a solid additive. Virtually everything the WWTP receives is reused or recycled. Even the heat from the effluent is used to heat the plant.
More information can be found on the RDOS Okanagan Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant Site.