Whistler chosen for wastewater case study

BC Water and Waste Association holds student design competition

In 2016 the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) will be receiving consultation on its wastewater systems.

Whistler was the chosen municipality for the BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) Student Design Competition, where teams of students prepare and present a conceptual design that addresses the requirements established by the RMOW.

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The provincial competition is based on the Water Environment Federation’s own student design competition from universities and colleges from all over North America, held every year at the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition & Conference (WEFTEC). The winning team from British Columbia will be invited to attend and represent their school at the conference, this year taking place in New Orleans, Louisiana in September 2016.

“Whistler and other communities in British Columbia were approached by the chair of the BCWWA 2016 Annual Student Design Competition to suggest wastewater treatment related design problem concepts that would be suitable for senior university students to tackle,” said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.

“RMOW staff put forward the concept of designing the treatment process for Whistler’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. If students choose to work on this, both the Wastewater Treatment Plant and the environment would likely see significant future benefits.”

The 2016 project will require student teams to design a treatment process to reduce the amount of phosphorous discharged to the Cheakamus River with treated effluent. Teams will investigate the best available technology for polishing the final effluent for phosphorous removal with both a mechanical filtration system and a natural or biological treatment system. The methods will compare to the current practice of chemical treatment using aluminium, with a preliminary design of the recommended alternative to be submitted for consideration.

Site visits to the Whistler Wastewater Treatment Plant are scheduled for January with project progress reports and oral presentations of designs taking place before May. The top three teams will present at the BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show n Whistler May 1-3, 2016.

For more information go to www.bcwwa.org.

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