June 21, 2004

GMIF loan helps Kamloops upgrade water treatment plant

KAMLOOPS, BC-A $16.7-million loan from the Green Municipal Investment Fund (GMIF) will help provide a new, state-of-the-art water treatment plant for Kamloops, while saving the city $7.9 million on long-term borrowing costs. The new $48.5-million plant will be the largest facility in Canada to utilize innovative membrane technology. It will reduce turbidity to acceptable levels and will remove 99.99% of waterborne organisms, including giardia and cryptosporidium. The facility has been designed to meet the requirements of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program at Silver Level and, when completed, will be Canada's only accredited Silver water treatment plant. "The city of Kamloops is committed to reduce the total plant energy consumption by at least 35% with a reduction of energy consumption by the heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems of at least 50%," said Kamloops mayor Mel Rothenburger. "Central to the project is the creation of a naturalized landscape incorporating a constructed wetland with native plants; site soil conservation, on-site storm water management and the use of rejected treatment process water for irrigation and riparian restoration." In addition, the University College of the Cariboo (UCC) and Zenon Environmental have formed a partnership with the city to create a "Centre for Safe Water Excellence" for training and education related to water treatment and membrane filtration technology. More information is available from Kamloops city engineer Maurice Gravelle, 250/828-3450. Information about the Green Municipal Funds, including details of other approved projects and studies, is available on the FCM's Knowledge Network, http://kn.fcm.ca.
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