Water Treatment Plant UV upgrade project almost complete

Work on the city of Castlegar's Water Treatment Plant upgrade is expected to be completed by the end of February.

Work on the city of Castlegar’s Water Treatment Plant upgrade is expected to be completed by the end of February. The total cost of the project is $1.4 million of which $760,000 is covered by a grant from the provincial government.

“The project has been going on in bits and pieces since October,” said Chris Barlow, director of civic works for Castlegar. “We’re just getting a new electric system upgrade right now. The majority of the work is going to happen probably in the next two weeks.”

Barlow says the project will install U.V. reactors at the water treatment centre.

“That will provide the city with a dual barrier system of protection for treating water,” he said. “That’ll ensure that all bacteria and viruses are killed at the source.”

Civic Works are also replacing their chlorination system. Castlegar’s water supply comes from a pump at the Arrow Lakes to the water treatment centre and into the city’s distribution system.