Sooke Disinfection Facility & Pipeline Celebrates Official Opening

May 10, 2010

Victoria, BC – The Sooke Disinfection Facility and Sooke Water Supply Pipeline officially opened with a community celebration on Saturday, May 8, 2010. The three year project was completed to replace the aging Charters River Disinfection plant and temporary UV facility, as well as the old Sooke Flowline, which was completed in 1915 to service the City of Victoria and surrounding area.

“Local residents deserve accolades for their patience and understanding during the construction of the new flowline and disinfection plant,” said Nils Jensen, Chair of the Regional Water Supply Commission. “This new infrastructure will ensure more secure access to the region’s water supply and help maintain and service our extensive water supply system.”

The new supply pipeline to Sooke, built at a cost of $15 million, runs 14.5 kilometres from the head tank near the Sooke Reservoir to the new disinfection facility. The new supply pipeline to Sooke replaces the old Flowline, which was completed in 1915 to service the City of Victoria and surrounding area. The flowline leaked, was vulnerable to tree blowdowns and would not survive a major earthquake. Fused PVC pipe and ductile iron with restrained joints were used for the new pipeline.

The new facility, which cost $5 million, includes UV disinfection, a chlorine process to kill bacteria and viruses and the addition of chloramines to ensure a disinfection residual within the distribution system. The plant will serve residents of Sooke, parts of the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area and will service future development in the area.

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For more information, please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3308 | Cell: 250.216.4427