Award winning projects


WSP awarded by BC and Canadian Consulting Engineers’ Associations

Toronto, ON, Oct, 2019

Consulting Engineers Assoc awardsWSP was awarded the Association of Engineering Companies British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence for Middle River First Nation biological ion exchange water treatment plant. BI Pure Water contributed to the design and manufactured the package water treatment plant, as well as commissioned and provided some operator training. The project went on to earn a Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence, Outreach Award, and 2019 Shreyer Award.

George Thorpe Water Canada award nomination

VP honored for mentoring BC Engineers and Geoscientists

Kelowna, BC, June, 2019 Engineers and Geoscientists BC award

BI Pure Water’s senior engineer and Vice President George Thorpe received recognition for his above-and-beyond mentoring and assisting young engineers in the water industry, by the Association of BC Engineers and Geoscientists at their Annual Conference in June 2019.

VP nominated for 2018 Water Canada award

Vancouver, BC, June, 2018 Water Canada nomination

VP George Thorpe was nominated for a Water Canada award in the category of People in the Private Sector. George is recognized for his industry knowledge and sharing his experience, advising scientists, professors, and students towards a solution for small water systems.

Community Circles is a winning way for First Nations and small communities

Victoria, BC, 2017 Water Canada nomination

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 was also a finalist in the 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 won in the category of Academia.

BCWWA - APEG - Water and Waste digest awardGreen water treatment plant wins
environmental accolades

Ymir, Kootenays, BC, 2008
Energy efficient design wins top North American small system award

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.

BCWWA - APEG - Water and Waste digest awardSmall UV perfectly fits Whistler community

Whistler, BC, 2007

 Lower cost UV lamp ideal for smaller communities

A small water utility which had the common challenge of raising money to meet Health Guidelines and upgrade infrastructure was rewarded with an award winning UV system.

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.

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.”


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