Wastewater and Sewer

Rolla Sewer Virtual Open House – November 16, 2021

The PRRD conducted a virtual open house with members of the Rolla community on November 16, 2021, to discuss budget, costs to residents, expenses, repairs and maintenance. Residents are encouraged to review the recording below and submit any questions they have.

A document outlining all of the questions and answers addressed during the meeting can be viewed here.

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.

Wastewater Treatment

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.

Wastewater Collection

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.

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