Okanagan Falls’ new $11.7-million treatment facility is surprisingly quiet, efficient (the sewage is used to heat and cool the operations building) and astonishingly odour-free, due to state-of-the-art technologies employed there.
Components include a headworks room where wastewater first enters the plant, a primary clarifier/fermenter, bioreactor, filters, ultraviolet disinfection and biofilter.
The treated effluent is used during the process for water maintenance functions and landscape irrigation. The heating and cooling system uses the treated effluent in various ways to provide up to 95 percent of the heating/cooling requirements for the building.
Treated effluent is also used in the toilets and many other places around the plant.