Construction of a new septage receiving facility for the upper North Thompson Valley has taken a step forward, according to Tom McNeil, Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s capital projects manager.
The tender closed recently for the sewage equipment required for the project.
“This equipment needs to be ordered now because of long delivery times (three to four months)in order to facility the start of the building and infrastructure this spring,” McNeil said.
“We intend on going out to tender on the complete project in early spring and then building throughout the summer months. The intention is to have facility operating in the fall of 2014.”
The regional district received five responses to its tender call and is currently reviewing them.
The review will be a very detailed procedure because of the complexity of the equipment, the capital projects manager noted.
The septage receiving facility will be designed to accept sludge pumped from septic tanks in the area.
The sludge is presently being disposed of in pits at the former Clearwater landfill.
Since the closure of the Clearwater landfill nearly one year ago and the opening of the local Eco-depot, the TNRD has been working on a replacement for the disposal pits.