Your sanitary service connects to the City's sewer mains. The sewer lines are gravity fed to sewer lift stations situated throughout the City. The sewage is then pumped to the Pollution Control Centre (wastewater treatment plant) for treatment and discharge into the Shuwap River.
The property owner is responsible for any blockages that occur between the dwelling and the City main. To ensure that your sanitary sewer service connection continues to function properly, refrain from pouring cooking grease or other substances that will collect on piping down your sink or toilet. Further, do not plant large trees or shrubs near your service as the roots could plug or damage your pipes.
There is a need to enhance the ability of the treatment plant to control nutrients discharged into the Shuswap River, an important recreational and salmon spawning river. The implementation of phosphorous and ammonia level reduction at the plant will enhance the quality of effluent , thus increasing the drinking water quality for the City, First Nations, and Regional District residents. After nutrient removal, the next phase to improve the process and to decrease greenhouse gasses produced is the dewatering of sludge.
The City was successful in securing a $400,000 grant from the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Program (MRIF) for an estimate project cost of $1,182,000 which included a new clarifier, RAS/WAS flow meters, scada system, meters and composite sampler. These works were completed in February 2009. Application for grant funding is being made under the Building Canada Fund - Communities Component for the phosphorous and nirtogen control and sludge thickening and dewatering equipment.
In 2008 the City was successful in obtaining a $10,000 matching grant from the B.C. Local Government Infrastructure Grant Program. Sanitary sewer mains were cleaned and videoed. This information is being used to develop a program for repair or replacement of substandard pipe.
With implementation of all the programs the City has in place, it is not unrealistic to initially set a wastewater reduction target of 5%. Once metering of all properties is completed, a reduction of 10% is more likely.