The City of Campbell River’s largest ever capital project is now up and running as water has begun flowing to parts of Campbell River through the new Campbell River Water Supply Centre.
“It was a seamless transition as we began to draw water from the new intake in John Hart Lake in late March, and the community water system is now fully independent of the BC Hydro penstocks that were formerly in use. This step was a major milestone for the project and required a high degree of planning to ensure it went smoothly,” Nathalie Viau, the city’s water supervisor, says in a press release. “Water flowing from the new lakeside facility is disinfected with both chlorine and ultra-violet radiation and our water quality consistently meets and even exceeds Canadian drinking water quality standards.”
“Council applauds the efforts of our capital works team who continue to keep this complicated, multi-year project on budget and on schedule. This is Campbell River’s largest infrastructure project to date, and we recognize it has been a massive effort for the capital works and water departments, with a few more steps before it’s complete,” says Mayor Andy Adams.
The project actually had to amend its original budget in 2016 when construction costs forced council to borrow $2.036 million to make up a shortfall in the project.
But since that amendment, the project has stayed and come in on budget.
That amendment also increased the capacity of the system and deferred the need for related infrastructure to be added later, the mayor said.
“By increasing the capacity and making that amendment in 2016, we’re actually saving in excess of $16.5 million,” Adams said.
Next up, the new water supply system will be connected to additional transmission water mains along Highway 28 and to the north system that serves the Gordon Road and industrial park areas.
BC Hydro is funding the majority of the construction cost for the City of Campbell River’s new water supply system because BC Hydro penstocks, the city’s previous connection to the water source, are being removed as part of the $1.1 billion John Hart Generating Station replacement project.
The entire drinking water project is valued at $29.1 million, with BC Hydro’s contribution at $18.3 million. The city’s cost to fund the water intake project and additional synergies through water projects completed at the same time was $10.8 million, paid through a combination of water capital reserves and debt from borrowing.