Sixth Nunavut treatment plant contract awarded to BI Pure Water
Super-insulated containers are built and delivered nearly ready to operate by localsBI Pure Water has been awarded its sixth water treatment plant contract in Nunavut in the past three years. The community of Kugluktuk (formerly Coppermine) will receive a new water treatment system in a package plant to replace the old, for $2million. BI Pure Water of Surrey, BC is working with consulting engineer Williams Engineering and the contractor is NDL Construction in Winnipeg.
Working with the same contractors and Stantec Consulting, BI Pure Water was also awarded the Cambridge Bay treatment plant upgrade for $5.2 million in May. There were no other bidders for the remote Arctic communities. The population of Cambridge Bay is 1600 and 1450 for Kugluktuk.
“We’ve been building and servicing treatment plants in very cold climates for many years now and we’re happy to use that experience to provide safe, consistent water quality for other remote communities,“ says Scott Foster, President of BI Pure Water.
BI Pure Water has already successfully designed, delivered, installed and trained local operators for water treatment plants in Baker Lake, Kugaaruk, Taloyoak and Chesterfield Inlet, as well as a Canadian Forces Radar Station Fox 2. on Baffin Island.
Each of the treatment plants called for extraordinary insulation values. Taloyoak required consideration of social and environmental factors, with minimal impact on the fragile northern environment. Sustainable solar and wind are the primary energy sources for Taloyoak’s operation. The severe arctic weather calls for extra insulation in the plant’s containers, and the insulated intake lines are installed well below the surface, and heated to prevent freezing.
The systems are designed with media filtration, ultraviolet irradiation and chlorination. The plants are designed to deliver up to 1,200 L/min (72 m3/hr for Baker Lake). BI Pure Water supplied its remote monitoring and trending system to provide trending of important parameters to computer screens in the community, and to the BI Pure offices in Surrey. Ongoing training is the result, with BI Pure staff available to help the operator diagnose problems in real time.