Tervita opens two waste water facilities in Northeast B.C.

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

In addition to the full-service facility that opened south of Taylor in June, two new waste water facilities have been opened at Maxhamish near Fort Nelson, and at Mile 103 northwest of Fort St. John. Tervita Director of Operations Duane Burkard says there was a need for the new facilities, due to their proximity to key areas, and the volume of activity in the region. He explains that their Silverberry facility, which is approximately 30 kilometres from Mile 103, can't always handle the demand at peak times.

"The demand of water at quite a few times of the year, it exceeds what we can handle, so we just felt the need to find more capacity to service customers in that area."

The Maxhamish facility was built to get closer to its Sierra facility, 75 kilometres from Fort Nelson, on the West Side of the Horn River Basin. It will reduce traffic on Highway 77 as well as transport costs, as it is closer to where the action is.

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"Right now, one of the only water injection options for that area's water to travel south, kind of go through Fort Nelson, to go east of town for disposal options, so now with us being around on the west side of the Horn River Basin, we minimize the loaded truck traffic on the highway."

Both facilities will receive sweet and sour, produced and waste water, which will be injected down wells on site or two kilometres away via pipeline. The Maxhamish facility opened in May, and is running at full capacity, which is an average of 500 cubic metres a day or roughly 30 trucks, from 6 a.m. to midnight. The 103 facility is still working its way to full operation, and will be open 24/7.

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