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Tsawwassen First Nation secures deal to build sewer infrastructure
Tsawwassen First Nation announced Friday that it is proceeding with construction of a sanitary sewer treatment plant to service Tsawwassen Lands.
The sanitary plant will be constructed through a design-build contract with Maple Reinders Inc., one of Canada’s leading design/build contractors.
This decision secures Tsawwassen’s future by ensuring the capacity to provide sewer services to support Tsawwassen’s growth and development," said Chief Bryce Williams in a statement. "TFN carefully explored its options with respect to the provision of sanitary sewer service, and is convinced that this direction, and our choice of partner, is a sound choice from an environmental and an economic perspective.”
The plant comprises a sequence batch reactor system with tertiary treatment capability and will be developed in phases with sufficient capacity to service Tsawwassen Lands according to TFN’s development plans.
Design and construction on the plant is commencing immediately, and the plant is expected to be built and operational by summer 2015 in time to service anticipated growth at TFN.
It will replace the existing plant that currently provides sanitary sewer service to Tsawwassen Lands. TFN has had its own sewer plant since 1996 which services the tiny community of fewer than 350 people. Only one portion of TFN lands has been connected to the Delta sewer system since the 1980’s—the 92-lot Stahaken subdivision.
An independent engineering study conducted for Delta last year confirmed the municipality does not have the sewer infrastructure to meet TFN's ambitious development plans, which include two massive shopping malls, a new residential community, and an industrial park.
The Treaty First Nation was left to negotiate with Metro Vancouver for a plan, but had been making no progress.