North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant (Pemberton Ave and West 1st Street)

Render of the new North Shore Wastewater Treatment PlantMetro Vancouver, in partnership with ACCIONA, is building a new wastewater treatment plant at the foot of Pemberton Avenue, on the old BC Rail site.

Construction of the new North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant is scheduled to begin late 2017 (with early site preparation beginning in late May), and is expected to be completed by December, 2020.

Current application status

December 11, 2017 — Development permit issued

Council voted to issue the development permit for this project.


Summer - Fall, 2017 — Permit under review

The development permit for the building design is now under review and expected to proceed to Council in early fall.

June 21, 2017 — Public information meeting

A public information meeting was held to give community members a chance to learn more about the project, and ask questions.

May 16, 2017 — Development permit application received

Staff received the development permit application, and began reviewing it.

Additional project details

The existing Wastewater Treatment Plant has provided primary treatment for over 50 years. New waste management regulations in Canada require all primary treatment plants in urban areas to upgrade to secondary treatment by 2020.

Secondary treatment uses biological processes to remove dissolved and suspended organic compounds, resulting in much cleaner effluent and reduced environmental impact. 

The new plant, located 2km from the existing facility, will be capable of treating 102 million liters/day under normal conditions, and up to 320 million liters/day when storm water enters the drainage system in wet weather. It will be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard.

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