The Emerald Water Quality Upgrade project will help to ensure a safe, high quality water supply to the Emerald neighbourhood through an ultraviolet disinfection barrier.
Ultraviolet disinfection has also has been used since 2009 at Whistler’s main water source, 21 Mile Creek.
The purpose of the UV water treatment plant project is to upgrade the Emerald water treatment system to:
- comply with current “two-barrier” standards for disinfection by adding a UV plant
- significantly reduce our use of disinfection chemicals and corresponding green-house gas emissions
- better protect the wells in Emerald Park by moving the well heads above-ground
- extend the life of the Emerald Park well pump building
Vancouver Coastal Health has made installation of UV in 2017 a requirement of our Emerald drinking water system permit.
The project design was started in 2016, and the tender for construction has been published. We expect construction to start in late May, 2017. Under the terms of the Federal-Provincial grant program the work must be all be completed by March 2018.
“Please note that the Emerald Reservoir access road (starting at Emerald Drive) is a statuary Water Works Right of Way road through private property to allow the RMOW to access and maintain the reservoir and proposed UV station site. This road is private property and public entry is not authorized.”