Decommissioning and Removing Reservoir 365

Decommissioning and Removing Reservoir 365

Target completion spring of 2020

The 365 Potable Water Reservoir and Pump House site was originally a wooden reservoir with a pump house constructed in the 1940s with an intake from the Peace River. In 1959, a water treatment plant and additional storage were added to the site. Over the years there have been numerous maintenance and renovations projects. The site is no longer used as a water treatment plant but is still in use as a reservoir and pump house.

The structure has reached its life cycle and requires replacement. In addition, there are also fire flow and low water pressure issues within this pressure zone that, when taken into consideration with the age and structure of the plant, lead this to be a high-risk situation by the Town’s Drinking Water Safety Plan. The existing structure may also require some asbestos abatement as part of the demolition strategy. The plant communications equipment is obsolete and replacement parts are scarce.

A number of options were pursued with respect to replacement of this facility including deferral and extension of the construction timeline. In all respects, (water safety, fire safety, and cost) there are no scenarios which permit this project to be further postponed. Accordingly, Engineering and Construction RFPs were issued.

The direction was given to the proponent teams to base their proposals to provide design and construction administration services to:

  • Provide a new 1200 m3 reservoir system;
  • Provide a new booster pumping station;
  • Demolition of the existing reservoir and pumping station;
  • New construction to have a minimum of a 25-year life cycle;
  • System to meet the Town’s fire flow requirements for this zone; and
  • The system must be staged as to not interrupt existing operations.

WSP was awarded the Engineering contract for this project in December 2018, with the constraint of proceeding to tender documents only, and delaying the Construction Administration phase until after funding for the project was secured and awarded.