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 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 on the Treatment Plant Site
PCL (the new contractor) took over treatment plant site in early April. They are currently doing site maintenance and preparing for some construction. We anticipate that construction activity on the site will begin to increase again in June 2022 as crews start some early works to keep the project moving forward.
What to expect on and around the site over the coming month:
- Minor road repairs and paving on West 1st Street, west of Pemberton Avenue
- Crews conducting survey work and moving equipment, scaffolding, and materials
- Crews constructing forms, pouring concrete, and working on existing structures
- Construction noise from power equipment such as jackhammers and saws
- Some lane closures and parking impacts along West 1st Street (from Philip Avenue to Pemberton Avenue)
- Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians may be detoured via signage and traffic control people