General Inquiries – Public Works Department
Public Works Superintendent: Bruce Zwiers
Phone: 250-347-6455 ext. 5
The Village of Radium Hot Springs Public Works department is responsible for administration and maintenance of Village infrastructure.
The Village of Radium Hot Springs Public Works department is responsible for:
- the day-to-day administration, operation and maintenance of Village infrastructure, such as buildings, parks and roads;
- the operation and maintenance of the water treatment plant and distribution system;
- the operation and maintenance of the wastewater collection and sewer treatment system.
The Radium Hot Springs Water Treatment Plant was constructed in 2000 and consists of three filter tanks (trains), each having two multi-media filters consisting of various layers of different size rock, gravel and sand, topped with 18” of anthracite (Charcoal). Each train produces 500 gal/min for a total of 1000 gal/min of treated water. The filtered water then flows through an ultraviolet disinfection chamber prior to the addition of chlorine (sodium hypo-chloride – 17% solution of chlorine). The water treatment plant is fully automated and is monitored with a SCADA system (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system). The Village of Radium Hot Springs plant operators maintain a free chlorine residual at the WTP of approximately 0.35mg/l to maintain 0.20mg/l free chlorine residual at the far end of the distribution system. The free chlorine residual is also monitored by online instrumentation at the treatment plant and in town. Both are tied into the Radium Hot Springs SCADA system. The SCADA system has the ability to alarm out if the chlorine concentration drifts outside of predetermined ranges. There are also three reservoirs located on the property. The plant currently runs at 70% capacity.
The Sewer Treatment Plant underwent a $1.48 million upgrade in 2012. This upgrade included the installation of a new $677,000 moving bed biofilm reactor (or MBBR). This technology uses thousands of plastic biofilm carriers, operating in an oxygenated holding tank. Each individual carrier allows for the buildup of bacteria on its surface, thereby accelerating the rate of biodegradation of the sewer. Once treated, the water moves through the plant and is filtered through natural processes in the lagoons. The addition of this reactor has allowed for the removal of one lagoon, saving the Village of Radium thousands of dollars a year in de-sludging costs. The plant also received two new turbo blowers at a cost of $184,000. These new blowers act as aerators and run with very little maintenance.
Village water use, on average, doubles during the summer months. Much of this increase is caused by needless water waste. By using water wisely, residents will waste less water and cause less stress on the Village’s treatment and distribution system. As the Village of Radium Hot Springs grows, it is important to maintain water conservation standards. Water conservation measures are in effect from June 1st until September 30th of each year:
- No watering of lawns and gardens from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
- Odd numbered buildings/properties may water on odd numbered days.
- Even numbered buildings/properties may water on even numbered days.
Learn more about Radium Hot Springs’ Water Conservation plan.
The Village of Radium Hot Springs is committed to helping make the municipality safe for pedestrian and vehicle passage along the developed rights-of-ways according to Council approved policy and priority system. The intent of the snow and ice control program is to minimize the economic loss to the community, reduce the inconvenience and hazards of winter conditions for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, and facilitate the operation of Transit and Emergency Services vehicles. Service is available on a 24 hour coverage for sanding and snow removal on arterial and residential routes during the snow season (mid-October – mid-March). It is expected that there will be Extreme Winter Conditions where the immediate demand for snow and ice control services will exceed the available resources.