The Peace River Regional District’s Regional Board has given AquaTech, Canadian Water Services Inc. a 5 year contract to to ‘operate and maintain all aspects’ of the Charlie Lake’s sewage collection system, sewage treatment plant, and sewage truck waste receiving facility.
The average cost of this operation will be $432,780 per year, plus GST. The 5-year-contract has a total cost of $2,163,900.
This move comes after the PRRD initiated upgrades to the Charlie Lake sewer system which included collection system and main lift station upgrades in 2014, to increase system capacity.
In 2015, upgrades were started to the sewage treatment plant – which the PRRD says are close to completion.
“The identified upgrades will provide future growth for the Charlie Lake area for the next 15 years.” read a report from the PRRD.
The Regional District calls the awarding this contract “timely” as they require qualified operators to fully take over the operations by December 1st.
Upon evaluation, four out of six companies were short listed. Submissions were scored based on project understanding, qualifications, approach/innovation, experience and quality of submission.
AquaTech, Canadian Water Services Inc. ultimately was chosen to handle sewage operations.
The PRRD says key factors in choosing this company included but were not limited to: experience in operating a number of municipal type water and waste water treatment plants throughout Alberta and BC, their operations and management of a sewer system similar to the Charlie Lake “Step” system.
The Regional District has outlined secure water and sewer servicing for rural areas is identified in the PRRD 2015-2018 strategic plan.
Public meetings have been held over the past two years in the Charlie Lake area, speaking to the sewer system upgrades, and proposed truck waste service.
The PRRD says these topics will also be reiterated in the three Water and sewer referendum public meetings scheduled for residents in the same area.