Waste water System
The District of Squamish adopted a Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) in January 2016. The LWMP provides guidance to the District for the management of liquid waste and sanitary sewage issues over a 20 year horizon. The plan contains programs and recommendations pertaining to:
- Wastewater treatment plant upgrading plan to accommodate growth and maintain compliance with Provincial and Federal regulations,
- Enhanced program for biosolids removed at the wastewater treatment plant,
- Management plan for leachate exiting the District’s landfill,
- Preparation of several Integrated Stormwater Management Plans and environmental monitoring,
- Flow reduction program through reduced stormwater inflow and infiltration reduction and indoor water conservation), and
- Source control program to educate and enforce the discharge of appropriate substances to the sewer system.
For further details, please click here to read the plan.
Where does your waste water go... the Underground Story
More than 17,000 people in Squamish create waste water every day. From homes and businesses, waste water flows into sewer pipes that connect to large pipes under the street and then to the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP).
- Waste water can take up to 6 hours to flow through the nine kilometres of pipe from Valleycliffe to the WWTP.
- There are more than 105 kilometres of sewer pipe in Squamish – that’s enough to go to Horseshoe Bay and back!
- Every year, 270 million litres of liquid waste flow to the WWTP. That’s enough to fill the Brennan Park Recreation Centre pool 310 times.
Waste Water Collection
How it all flows... and what should never enter the waste water system.
Waste Water Treatment
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