Federal grant will ‘green’ Metro Vancouver’s Lulu Island Wastewater Treatment Plant in Richmond
Government of Canada enhances public infrastructure with innovative technologies
Through the Western Canada Economic Diversification program, the Government of Canada has invested $1 million in Metro Vancouver’s Lulu Island Treatment Plant.
Funding will allow Metro Vancouver to purchase, install and bring into operation leading-edge technology. Coined the “B.C. Bioenergy to Biogas Project,” innovative, locally-developed technology will allow the plant to more efficiently convert its wastewater by-product into biogas, which will then be converted into electricity and heat for use by the plant.
In addition to reducing the plant’s operating costs, emissions and waste disposal by up to a third or more, this project is expected to model increased productivity of wastewater plants and enhance public infrastructure in British Columbia and Canada. Metro Vancouver is also contributing $3 million in funding to the project.
“We see this as a big step toward meeting our goals of sustainable energy, reduced emissions and improved air quality as expressed in our Sustainability Framework,” said Metro Vancouver Chair Lois Jackson. “We’re hoping to make this a sustainability showcase for wastewater treatment plants worldwide.”
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