All of the Wastewater Treatment Project’s facilities, including the treatment plant, residuals treatment facility, pump stations and conveyance system, are designed to meet stringent post-disaster design requirements. This means they must be designed to remain operational following a major earthquake.
The conveyance pipes will be made of a highly durable material proven to perform well in earthquake prone areas. The system will be controlled 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Pipe operation would be automatically halted in the event of an alarm, based on change in flow or pressure, and incident response procedures would be immediately initiated. Pipe operation would only be resumed following investigation.
The CRD and core area municipalities operate over 175 pump stations and 110km of existing sanitary sewer pipe in the core area similar to the RSCL pipe. The CRD has a thorough ongoing operations and maintenance program, as well as a robust spill response plan.
The CRD has a 24/7 operations line that residents can call to report a concern: 250.474.9630.