Award winning projects
Community Circles is a winning way for First Nations and small communitiesVictoria, BC, 2017
As a partner in RES’EAU’s Community Circles initiative, BI Pure Water has been helping build successful water treatment systems for small and First Nations communities. Community Circles has used its consensus-building approach for a water treatment system in Lytton, among many other communities. Community Circles was awarded the 2017 BCWWA Excellence & Innovation in the Water Industry Award.
Community Circles is also a finalist in the soon-to-be-awarded Water Canada awards in the categories of Project/Technology and Early Adoption. Ted Molyneux of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada who is also involved in Community Circles was nominated in the category of Academia.
Green water treatment plant wins
Ymir, Kootenays, BC, 2008
A “green”-built potable water package treatment plant met a small Kootenay, BC community’s holistic goals. Along the way it also picked up provincial and North American environmental awards. Don Nash, P.Eng. and a manager for the Regional District of Central Kootenay says, “By working closely with BI Pure Water, we have designed and commissioned a leading-edge water treatment plant that met our limited budget and Ymir’s goals.”
The Town of Ymir had a permanent boil water advisory. When planning their new water treatment system, the community had ambitious goals to design to a LEED Silver or Gold rating, find free energy sources or energy reduction techniques, reduce their carbon footprint, utilize local materials and resources – within financial constraints – and minimize impact on the local environment.
BI Pure Water designed a system that used locals for site work, trees were sold to saw mills with the revenue used to offset project costs, and sedimentation ponds were used to help filter the water naturally. The construction included riparian setbacks.
The Ymir project won the BCWWA Small System Award, North American Water & Waste Magazine Top Small System Award for 2009 and an Assn. of Professional Engineers & Geologists BC 2010 Environmental Award for design and construction.
Small UV perfectly fits Whistler communityWhistler, BC, 2007
A small water utility which had the usual challenge of limited return on new investment was rewarded with an award winning UV system. BI Pure Water was able to employ a design with a smaller UV system, manufactured by R-Can Environmental, which has a lower manufacturing and certification pricetag for flows 30 USGPM and less.
The water treatment system design includes a filtration vessel, an R-CAN SUVAM 6C/4 municipal ultraviolet primary disinfection unit and chlorine injection for a disinfection residual. The amount and cost of chlorine was significantly reduced because most of the chlorine demand has been eliminated.
The owner, Jon Perrett commented, “The Boil Water Notice was rescinded shortly after startup and even during a record setting rainy November, the water testing has met water quality standards for potable water. The effectiveness of the filtration and ultraviolet system can be demonstrated in the fact that the initial injected chlorine level of approximately 0.3 mg/L (ppm) normally only drops to approximately 0.28 mg/l in the distribution system. BI Pure Water and our company worked as a team to achieve these results.”
In addition, most water utilities, like Van West, only have part time operators. This plant has a computerized remote operating and trending system that delivers reports to the operator via cel phone and internet to BI Pure Water’s office.
Drinking Water Officer, Cindy Watson, of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority in Whistler, stated: “We are certainly satisfied with the results of the new Van West multi-barrier water treatment plant. It sets an example for other small water utility operators who need to upgrade their systems to meet the current regulations.”