The Regional District of Nanaimo has been granted $6 million in federal gas tax money, which will go toward a secondary wastewater upgrade project at the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre. Pictured here, work taking place last August. (News Bulletin file)

Regional District of Nanaimo granted $6M for pollution control centre

Construction underway at Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre, entire project costs $81.7M

The Regional District of Nanaimo will receive $6 million in federal gas tax money, which will go toward wastewater upgrades at the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre.

The $81.7-million project will see construction of secondary treatment facilities at the Hammond Bay Road centre, allowing wastewater to be treated with micro-organisms, which in turn will lessen the effluent’s impact on the environment.

Sean De Pol, regional district manager of wastewater services, said the current primary wastewater plant will remain and work with the new addition.

There will be one building that will be a bioreactor, which will consist of several tanks and blowers, said De Pol. Three large clarifiers will be part of this phase and another clarifier is expected during future expansion. The project will also include upgrades to current buildings and equipment.

“The technology we’re using is called conventional activated sludge and so we’ll have these tanks, which are called bioreactors, and that’s where really the secondary process occurs,” said De Pol. “So the wastewater from the primary goes into the secondary, goes through the bioreactors and then from there, it goes into secondary clarifiers, and they operate similar to primary clarifiers. The clarifiers are large round tanks … [that] does the final cleaning of the effluent.”

Bill Veenhof, RDN board chairman, said the $6 million wasn’t allocated for a specific part of the project, but will go directly toward the $81.7 million total cost. The money represents the first “appreciable grant” the RDN has received for the project, he said.

“It’ll have a corresponding reduction in the tax load for the constituents, mostly the city, there’ll be some benefit to Lantzville and [Snuneymuxw First Nation] and [Nanaimo Port Authority] and the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital,” said Veenhof.

He said the regional district will continue to apply for money for the project as grants become available.

The project is on schedule, according to an RDN press release, with major excavation and ground stabilization nearing completion and foundations for buildings laid. Process tanks and equipment will be installed and startup is expected in 2020.

To learn more about the project, go to

Like us on Facebook and follow Karl on Twitter and Instagram

Just Posted

No one tries to take down Nanaimo’s Discontent City at rally

Soldiers of Odin Vancouver Island a no show so far after making threats two days earlier

Kidney Foundation Nanaimo chapter president seeks ‘bail money’ in fundraiser

Randy Spensley will be on a scissor lift in a jailbird outfit Aug. 25 at Country Club Centre

MULTIMEDIA: Fair weather, food and fun at VIEX in Nanaimo

A gallery of the second day of the Vancouver Island Exhibition at Beban Park in Nanaimo

Urban planner wants to join city council to help build Nanaimo

Tyler Brown held his campaign launch this week

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

MULTIMEDIA: Fair weather, food and fun at VIEX in Nanaimo

A gallery of the second day of the Vancouver Island Exhibition at Beban Park in Nanaimo

VIDEO: Fires break out in scrap piles at Harmac mill

Nanaimo firefighters got blazes under control in early morning hours Saturday

Nanaimo Astronomy Society invites public to look at the night sky

Telescopes on display for society’s annual outdoor social event Aug. 23

Fire destroys home in Campbell River

Cause unknown in fire that gutted Willow Point home on Sunday

VI Raiders score comeback victory against Langley Rams

Nanaimo team erases 31-7 deficit to beat Langley Rams 35-34

Nanaimo’s VIEX country fair underway

Vancouver Island Exhibition happening Aug. 17-19 at Beban Park

Canadians fear for relatives trapped amid flooding in Indian state of Kerala

More than 800,000people have been displaced by floods and landslides

Two hurt in car wreck at Northfield intersection

NANAIMO – Honda and Volkswagen crash at 10 p.m. Friday on old Island Highway

Vehicle catches fire on Rutherford Road

NANAIMO – No one hurt in incident, which happened at 2:30 p.m. Friday

Most Read