The filtration plant is being constructed in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, located downstream of the Seymour reservoir. When the filtration plant opens in 2009 it will treat water from the Seymour Reservoir and once underground tunnels are completed, it will filter the water from the Capilano reservoir as well.
The filtration plant is being constructed in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, located downstream of the Seymour reservoir. When the filtration plant opens in 2009 it will treat water from the Seymour Reservoir and once underground tunnels are completed, it will filter the water from the Capilano reservoir as well.

Aecon Group Inc.’s infrastructure division has been awarded a project with Metro Vancouver for completion of the twin tunnels component of the Seymour Capilano Filtration Project.

Under the $181-million contract, the Seymour-Cap Partnership, in which Aecon is a 30 per cent partner, will complete the final three kilometres section of a total 7.1-kilometre twin tunnel from the Capilano Pumping Station to the Seymour-Capilano Filtration Plant in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia. Work on the project, which also includes excavation of two 270-metre deep shafts and interconnection of pipes from nearby watermains, will begin immediately. Completion is expected at the end of 2012 or early in 2013.

Aecon’s partners in the Seymour-Cap Partnership are Frontier-Kemper Constructors and J.F. Shea Construction. The Seymour-Cap Partnership will complete the tunnels, following the cessation of work in January 2008 by a previous contractor, and will proceed using the original engineering design and the two tunnel boring machines currently in place.

The contract forms part of the Seymour Capilano Filtration Project, which will provide filtration and ultra-violet disinfection of drinking water from two of Metro Vancouver’s three source water supplies, and includes construction of a pumping station, filtration plant and energy recovery facility in addition to the tunnel project.

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