For Immediate Release From RDCO
August 19, 2016
Biofilter Replacement at Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant
From Monday, August 22nd to Wednesday, August 24th, there may be periods when more odours than normal are noticeable in the area around the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.
That’s because during this time, new filtering materials will be installed in the Biofilter at the facility off Gellatly Road in West Kelowna. The open bed Biofilter is commonly used at wastewater treatment plants to biologically treat odourous gases that are collected throughout the wastewater treatment process reducing emissions of foul air. Following the installation, there may be periods of additional odour as it takes a few days to get the Biofilter up to 100% performance.
In order to ensure optimum efficiency, the Biofilter material must be periodically replaced. This was last done in the spring of 2014.
Residents and other stakeholders in the area have been advised of this work.
The Regional District apologizes for any short-term inconvenience this important work may cause and will work as quickly as possible to minimize any potential impact.
The facility receives and treats just over 10,000 cubic meters of wastewater each day from businesses and households in West Kelowna, Peachland and the Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10.