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Above: The River Street Water Treatment Plant in Kamloops, British Columbia—which incorporates ultra-filtration membrane technology—is the largest facility of its kind in North America. Photo: Zenon Environmental Inc.

The new River Street Water Treatment Plant will provide the citizens and businesses of Kamloops, British Columbia, with clean drinking water. With a capacity of up to 42 mgd (roughly enough water to fill 2000 standard swimming pools), the facility is the largest of its kind in North America.

When high turbidity raised concerns about a breech in water quality, the city looked to ultra-filtration membrane technology to address the situation. Engineers incorporated membranes from Zenon Environmental Inc. in Oakville, Ontario, that are designed to remove 99% of viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other contaminants, with virtually no need for chemicals. The technology consists of hollow strands of porous plastic fibers with billions of microscopic pores on their surface that block impurities.

In addition to a water treatment plant, the site will house the Kamloops Centre for Water Quality, which will provide onsite training, research, and education for plant operators from the Kamloops region and around the world.