New Outfall Pipe

Project Description

Wastewater from the Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant is released into the Fraser River through an outfall pipe once it has been treated. A new outfall location and diffuser system is being installed, which will involve constructing a tunnel approximately one-kilometre long from the plant to the river.

The new outfall location and design will ensure that treated effluent is dispersed over a broad area underwater to maximize dilution and minimize the impact on the environment.

The new pipe is expected to meet the regional growth needs for the next 100 years while ensuring greater seismic resilience and continuous, reliable and safe management of liquid waste.

Project Update


    Our Apologies

    We understand that our in-river contractor conducted diesel impact pile driving outside of the allowable noise variance permit hours on Sunday, January 17 and Monday, January 18. We know how disruptive this was and we offer our sincere apologies. Construction activities and contractors for this project are required to comply with City of Delta and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority noise bylaws and granted bylaw variances, which was not the case in this instance. Our contractor has assured us that it will not happen again.

    Work Hours

    Diesel impact pile driving is expected to continue until February 28, 2021, during the following allowable work hours:

    • Monday to Friday: between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
    • Saturdays: between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    Please note that the contractor is permitted to conduct quieter construction activities that will not have a significant impact on surrounding communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as needed, until the end of 2021.

Project Activities

  • Tunneling

    The new outfall pipe will be excavated using a tunnel-boring machine. This machine will be launched from the entry shaft near the Annacis Island wastewater treatment plant and progress south to the river riser in the Fraser River (see illustration below).

  • Diffuser System

    The diffuser system will be made up of one long pipe just under the surface of the river bed that will run parallel to the shore. The diffuser system will release treated water through multiple valves attached to the pipe.

    The image below shows the diffuser system that will be built in the river bed, parallel to the shore to avoid the river navigation channel.


Construction is occurring in multiple phases, and is expected to be complete in 2024.

Contact Us

  • Community Liaison


    Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.