Provincial accolades for FVRD water management

May 27, 2014

Challenging water and wastewater systems are no match for the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD). Now, the regional district has earned industry recognition for its creative and innovative water programs that are protecting public and environmental health.

On May 6, 2014 the FVRD was awarded the 2014 Award for Excellence in the Water and Waste Community by the BC Water & Waste Association Awards Committee (BCWWA) in Whistler, BC.

"We are extremely proud of the recent accomplishments of the Engineering and Community Services department, who continue to make remarkable advancements for the Fraser Valley," said Sharon Gaetz, FVRD Board Chair.

The award reflects the regional district’s efforts to address known servicing and treatment gaps within the FVRD electoral areas. In the early 2000s, the FVRD owned and operated seven water systems and two sewer systems in the electoral areas. At that time, these systems did not meet regulatory standards and lacked some system reliabilities. Since 2006, the FVRD has invested approximately $20 million to water and sewer upgrades. Now, the FVRD owns and operates 12 water systems, including some integrated water systems, and three sewer systems. All systems meet regulatory standards and have adequate systems reliabilities in place.

Tareq Islam, Director of Engineering and Community Services says, "By improving system capacity, reliability, delivery and efficiency, the FVRD is on a path toward a very sustainable future."

The BCWWA is a not-for-profit organization that facilitates networking and knowledge sharing opportunities for water and wastewater industry professionals in BC and the Yukon. The BCWWA also provides a voice for the water and waste community through linkages with government and other organizations, public outreach activities and advocacy.