Wastewater Treatment and Collection
The proper collection and disposal of wastewater (sewage) is an essential part of health protection and disease prevention.
Wastewater Treatment – refers to “cleaning up” used water by means of settling processes (as in lagoons) and is sometimes combined with filtration and disinfection.
Wastewater Collection – refers to an underground pipe system which directs the wastewater to pump stations and then to lagoons or treatment plants.
There are three wastewater treatment lagoon systems operated by the PRRD.
Charlie Lake – treatment lagoon system with aeration and an onsite truck receiving facility.
Kelly Lake – treatment lagoon system with a constructed treatment wetland.
Rolla – treatment lagoon system with aeration.
The PRRD provides wastewater collection in the following locations:
Charlie Lake – pressurized system with pump station
Kelly Lake – combination gravity and pumping to lagoons
Rolla – combination gravity and pumping to lagoons
Fort St John (FSJ) Airport Sub – gravity to airport pump station to north FSJ lagoons
Chilton – combination gravity and pumping to City of Dawson Creek lagoons
Friesen – gravity to City of Dawson Creek lagoons
Harper/Imperial – combination gravity and pressurized system with pumping to City of Dawson Creek lagoons
Charlie Lake Wastewater Treatment and Collection System
The Charlie Lake system is the largest of the PRRD Wastewater Treatment and Collection Systems. Upgrades in 2015 improved the treatment processes. With these upgrades there were costs involved and, as a result, the Charlie Lake Development Cost Charge (DCC) bylaw was established. The DCC is a way of recovering the costs of upgrading the Charlie Lake Sewer collection and treatment infrastructure. A service area has been established and any new hook-ups to the system within the established area are required to pay a development cost charge. For the Charlie Lake Sewer Bylaw and associated costs, click here.
Connecting to PRRD Wastewater Collection (Sewer) Systems
New homebuilders are required to have their newly constructed residences inspected at different stages. The cost of permits for these connections vary between $100.00 and $250.00 depending on the location of the excavation. For more information on wastewater collection connection (sewer hook-up) in the PRRD contact the Environmental Services Coordinator (250) 784-3200.