Ladysmith, April 11, 2018 - The Town of Ladysmith's recently upgraded Wastewater Treatment Plant has received an Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC) Award for Engineering Excellence. The award submission was brought forward on the Town's behalf by Opus International Consultants (Canada) Ltd., the engineering firm responsible for the design, construction and commissioning of the upgraded facility.
"The work Opus did for the Town was excellent and we were delighted to learn that our world class Wastewater Treatment Plant has received such a prestigious award," said Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone. "Completion of the new facility has significantly improved the quality of the wastewater effluent we discharge to the Ladysmith Harbour, reducing pollution levels and supporting the guiding principles of our Waterfront Area Plan, which places a strong emphasis on restoring the environmental health of local waters."
The combination of effective innovations included in the Wastewater Treatment Plant and the accompanying new bio-solids facility, which takes bio-solids produced at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and transforms them into Class A compost, demonstrates Ladysmith's independence as it treats its own wastewater from start to finish.
"The Town's wastewater treatment strategy is focused on protecting Ladysmith-area waters through innovative design," said Ladysmith Chief Administrative Officer Guillermo Ferrero. "The ACEC award acknowledges the years of hard work and planning that resulted in a state of the art wastewater treatment facility that is designed to meet current provincial wastewater effluent standards while also anticipating future federal standards for Ladysmith's growing population."
Built within a limited, waterfront site footprint, a number of sustainability elements were incorporated into the design of the Wastewater Treatment Plant including solar energy, effluent heat recovery for building heating and cooling, and reclaimed water for irrigation and non-potable plant use.
Updates and additional information can be found on the Town's website at www.ladysmith.ca.