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New Task Force Will Provide Options for Completing the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant ProgramNew Task Force Will Provide Options for Completing the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant Program<div class="ExternalClass8804A5A6AD8B458394F239EDCB3D4497"><p style="text-align:justify;">Metro Vancouver's Board Chair is forming a task force to conduct a review of various options to complete the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant Program.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“This project has experienced extraordinary circumstances that have come at an unfortunate time of extreme market volatility for Canada," said George V. Harvie, Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors. “This is a federally mandated project to increase the quality of wastewater treatment, which is critical to ensuring the health and safety of people and the environment, and protecting the waters of Burrard Inlet. I am striking a task force to review options for delivering this key project while mitigating its potential cost impacts on the region."   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In October 2021, Metro Vancouver <a href="/media-room/media-release/699">terminated its contract</a> with Acciona Wastewater Solutions Ltd., which was responsible for both designing and building the new treatment plant. Metro Vancouver has since worked diligently to find solutions for design and construction deficiencies from the previous contractor.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“As we work to define a path forward to complete this project and address deficiencies left by the previous contractor, we are unfortunately beholden to the same extremely challenging market conditions that are significantly impacting infrastructure projects throughout British Columbia and across the country," said Jerry Dobrovolny, Commissioner and CAO of Metro Vancouver.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant will provide tertiary treatment, exceeding federal regulatory requirements for secondary treatment technology, and will result in a cleaner environment. 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 Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil‑Waututh Nation). Upon completion, the leased land that accommodates the Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant will be returned to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“To enable and accommodate the significant population growth and new housing being requested at a federal level, we must work together across all orders of government to deliver this infrastructure program which is critical to the health of the region," added Harvie.</p><p>Over the coming months, the task force will present the Metro Vancouver Board with options for careful consideration. Meanwhile, Metro Vancouver continues to work with PCL (the construction manager) and AECOM (the design consultant) to advance the project. <br></p></div>9/29/2023 7:00:00 AM, Bradleymedia@metrovancouver.org604-788-2821

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