Overview of Projects
Metro Vancouver is building the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant, a new treatment facility that will provide tertiary treatment to better protect the environment.
The program includes:
- The North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant Project
See below for project updates
- The pump station and sewer pipes to serve the new plant (the Conveyance Project)
Learn more about the Conveyance Project
- Decommissioning the existing Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant
This work will begin in the mid-2020s. When complete, the land will be returned to Squamish Nation.
About the Treatment Plant
The North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant is a new tertiary treatment facility being built to replace the existing primary level Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant on the North Shore. Tertiary treatment exceeds federal regulatory requirements for treatment technology and will ensure the treated wastewater released into the marine environment is much cleaner.
The new treatment plant is being built to serve 250,000 residents and businesses in the Districts of West and North Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and the Squamish and Tsleil‑Waututh Nations and will:
- Improve the quality of the treated wastewater released into the Burrard Inlet
- Feature a modern, enclosed design and robust odour control system to prevent odour from reaching neighbouring residents and businesses
- Recover heat for use by the Lonsdale Energy Corporation as an alternative energy source
- Be constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and ENVISION Gold certification standards
- Include a public plaza, education and community meeting spaces
Location: West 1st Street, between Pemberton Avenue and Philip Avenue, District of North Vancouver
Current Activity at the Treatment Plant Site
Crews have now started early works construction at the treatment plant site. Early works are defined packages of work that allow construction to move forward while we continue to develop a new plan to complete the project, including a revised project budget and schedule. Activity on the site is expected to increase over the fall as this work progresses.
What to expect on and near the site over the coming month:
- Cranes moving materials and equipment
- Crews pouring concrete and working on concrete forms and structures
- Construction noise from power equipment such as jackhammers and saws
- Crews conducting survey work and inspections
Upcoming Work on West 1st Street
The following work on West 1st Street is expected to take place in mid-September:
- Road plate maintenance work just east of the Philip Avenue Intersection. This work may cause temporary lane closures.
- Line painting on the north and south sides of West 1st Street, west of Garden Avenue, to create a new, permit-only parking area for construction personnel working at the treatment plant site. This parking area has been approved by the District of North Vancouver, and is one of several measures we are taking to reduce the impact of the project on the local community.
See map below for work locations. Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians may be detoured via signage and traffic control people. Advance notice and more information will be provided to adjacent businesses before work starts in each area, as needed.
This map shows the locations of upcoming work on West 1st Street, including road plate maintenance east of the Philip Avenue intersection and creation of a parking area for construction personnel west of Garden Avenue