The City of Dawson Creek and Shell have agreed to build a Reclaimed Water Plant for the City.
The facility would treat the city’s wastewater that is normally released back into the river system and allow it to be used for industrial or municipal uses.
Using reclaimed water in these areas would stop the use of the City’s potable water and reduce the considerable amount of water taken from the Kiskatinaw watershed, which has been a big problem.
The City has had to implement Stage 4 water restrictions, beginning Thursday, as the Kiskatinaw River is currently experiencing a historically low water level.
The reclaimed water would be used for various purposes such as watering sports fields or oil and gas production.
Shell will provide $9.75 million towards the cost of the project and the City will contribute an estimated $1.5 million. For its contribution, Shell will be able to use the first 3,400 cubic metres each day. The City will have the rights to the next 1,100 cubic metres.
Any remaining water would be split between the two and Shell will be required to pay for the water.
The City plans to fund the project by using its utility reserve accounts and recoup the rest by selling some of the water.