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by Journal Of Commerce

A new $100 million water treatment facility is now up and running, disinfecting billions of litres of water with ultraviolet lights in Metro Vancouver.

A new $100 million water treatment facility is now up and running, disinfecting billions of litres of water with ultraviolet lights in Metro Vancouver.

The Coquitlam Ultraviolet Disinfection Facility is in the Coquitlam Watershed and provides drinkable water to two million people in the region.

The general construction contractor on the project was Kenaidan. Three companies were involved with the original design of the facility. CH2M Hill Canada prepared the conceptual design, with the preliminary work done by SSBV Consultants, a joint venture between Stantec, AMEC, and Black & Veatch.

A consortium, Ausenco Sandwell, performed the detailed design and construction services.

As water flows through the facility, it is ozonated to increase its ability to transmit light and then it is hit with ultraviolet light from lamps.

This is to disinfect against chlorine-resistant organisms like giardia or cryptosporidium which cause serious illnesses. Chlorine is added to the water before it travels through regional and municipal mains to water users.

The project is also targeting LEED Silver certification.

During construction, workers conducted a comprehensive trapping program to remove animals from the worksite and a salmon enhancement area was created in addition to other sustainable measures.

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