Dawson Creek has received a 2010 Community Excellence Award in Leadership and Innovation. The award was declared ay the Union of BC Municipalities Convention held last week in Whistler.
Dawson Creek received the award for the proposed reclaimed water plant that will treat effluent currently being released into Dawson Creek. The plant will allow for the water to be reused for industrial and municipal uses. This includes oil and gas production, dust control on roads and watering local sports fields.
While this process is a unique approach used in only a few other jurisdictions in North America, the City of Dawson Creek is the first municipality to utilize the water in this manner. The use of reclaimed water will end the consumption of the City’s potable water for industrial purposes and will significantly reduce the amount drawn from the Kiskatinaw watershed.
“We all recognize the importance of water and the need to find long-term solutions for using such a limited resource,” said Mike Bernier, Mayor of Dawson Creek. “So we are very pleased with this agreement. It’s an opportunity that benefits both the people of Dawson Creek and local industry.”