Since November 22, 2021 the City’s wastewater treatment plant has been fully operational. Fully treated effluent is being discharged into the river, as the City’s rapid infiltration basins are still being repaired. Water quality tests have been completed and the quality and quantity of treated water flowing into the river has been approved by Environment BC.
Given the restricted water supply, residents returning to the city are encouraged to restrict their water use, especially for uses like showers, baths, dishwashing, and clothes washing.
It might seem counterintuitive, but it is actually beneficial for residents to continue using their toilets. Biosolids contain bacteria that feed the ecosystem of our wastewater treatment plant and keeps the germ-fighting bacteria alive.
The City will provide updates as we work to repair the damage to our water system and rapid infiltration basins, and will continue consulting with Interior Health and BC Environment and communicating with downstream communities to ensure we are following safe procedures as we bring residents home.