"The plan deals with the pressures of an increasing population while planning to bring an aging infrastructure up to modern standards. Valid for the next eight years, the plan includes upgrades to two existing wastewater treatment plants and incorporates resource recovery to capture heat and energy from sewage," stated Terry Lake, BC Minister of Environment.
Mayor Nutter explained that Philadelphia has developed a US $1.6 bllion plan to transform the city by 'peeling back' a lot of the city’s concrete and asphalt and replacing them with plants.
To demonstrate the potential for sustainable wastewater treatment solutions, a team of researchers led by Dr. Don Mavinic at the University of British Columbia have developed the technology to capture phosphorus and ammonia from high concentration streams and recycle them into environmentally safe fertilizer.
Harold Steves was spell-binding when he reviewed the 50-year history of the Iona Island treatment plant. Three times he said 'don't greenwash Vancouver by postponing Iona'. He had an impact because he provided examples that people can understand.
“Not only is I&I a significant source of regional system overflows, it means we are repairing/replacing our pipes and pumps sooner, building treatment plants and pipe systems larger than necessary, using more treatment chemicals than necessary, and leaking raw sewage into the ground," stated Shaun Carroll.
"There is a need for fresh, objective eyes bolstered by a strong political mandate to keep asking questions, prod Metro Vancouver and members toward the vision, and assist with the waste-to-resource paradigm-shift over time. A 'stewarding committee' would play an expert and non-partisan role. It report directly to the Waste Management Committee," stated Susan Rutherford.
Integrated Resource Recovery (IRR) is now part of the Metro Vancouver vision. Three examples illustrate a progression by scale – from treatment plant to neighbourhood (Southeast False Creek) to community (University of BC). IRR begins when waste is viewed as a potential resource. ”The community at UBC has embraced a bold vision to disconnect the University Endowment Lands from the Iona sewage treatment plant," stated Dr. Don Mavinic.