On June 11, 2014, local media and dignitaries were invited to tour the now-completed Coquitlam UV disinfection facility. Guests learned about the UV process, plant control systems, and environmentally-friendly features of the water treatment plant.
The day began with some opening remarks from a variety of speakers, including Metro Vancouver board chair, Mayor Greg Moore.
“The building is impressive from the outside, it’s even more impressive from the inside, but it does not demonstrate the complexity of what went into it,” said Moore. “So, you will learn a lot today about what went into this construction, which was very impressive.”
The plant uses ultraviolet light to render micro-organisms such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia inactive, without impacting the taste, colour, or smell of the water. The tour also highlighted the environmental considerations taken into account during construction of the facility.
“It’s a remarkable facility, providing UV disinfection to our drinking water,” remarked Mayor Darrell Mussatto, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Utilities Committee. “But it’s also a high quality building, LEED certified, which means it’s a good looking building and it’s also energy efficient.”
The tour showcased not only the UV disinfection features of the facility, but also its eco-friendly aspects, which included habitat mitigation and features such as fish-friendly culverts.
The tour marks the culmination of 3 years of construction.
“Well, I have come up here a few times over the build and today with the tour by our staff, you can see the pride they have in this facility,” said Moore. “You can just see them when they are describing the aspects of it, or how it’s leading edge, they take ownership of it. They’re proud of it and that makes us feel great knowing that our staff are so feeling a part of what’s going on here.”
The UV disinfection facility has been treating Coquitlam source water since early 2014.