In April 2017, Metro Vancouver awarded ACCIONA the contract to design and build the new North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant to replace the existing primary Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant. The treatment plant is part of a larger program that also includes a pump station and sewer pipes to serve the new plant, and decommissioning of the existing Lions Gate Treatment Plant. More information about the entire program is available here.
Construction of the plant is currently underway and is anticipated to be complete and fully operational in 2024. As the Project progressed, the technology was updated from secondary to tertiary treatment.
The new plant will be located on West 1st Street, between Pemberton Avenue and Philip Avenue in the District of North Vancouver.
The North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant will be constructed using best practices for wastewater treatment, and will include the following community benefits:
Odour abatement – Uses a modern, enclosed design and world-class odour abatement system
Water conservation – Harvests and reuses rainwater outside the plant and conserves and reclaims water within the plant
Environmental – Tertiary treatment is a significant step forward
Community spaces – Includes new public amenities such as a public plaza, education spaces and community meeting spaces
The new plant will be constructed to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and ENVISION Gold certification standards.
What is LEED? Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is one of the
most popular green building certification programs used worldwide. LEED seeks to optimize the use of natural resources, promote regenerative and restorative strategies, maximize the positive and minimize the negative environmental and human health consequences of the construction industry, and provide high-quality indoor environments for building occupants.
What is ENVISION? Envision® is a sustainability rating system and planning guide for
introducing sustainability considerations into infrastructure projects. Envision assesses not only individual project performance, but how well projects contribute to the efficiency and long-term sustainability of the communities they serve.
Both rating systems are complementary and provide a flexible framework to identify sustainable approaches throughout Project design, construction and plant operations.
Wastewater Treatment Process
The North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant will be more efficient than the existing plant, and will offer environmental benefits and additional community amenities in addition to its sewage treatment function.
The plant will harvest and reuse rainwater outside the plant and will conserve and reclaim water used within the plant.
The biogas produced in the treatment process will be used to provide power and heat for the plant.