• Upgrading the Mica Creek Town Site

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Upgrading the Mica Creek Town Site
2012 BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) Conference

KWL's Kia Zahrabi made a presentation at the 2012 BC Water and Waste Association annual conference in Penticton, B.C. 


BC Hydro is installing two 500 MW generating units into existing turbine bays at the Mica Generating Station located 140 km north of Revelstoke, BC.  This will make the Mica dam the most powerful BC Hydro facility with a total capacity of approximately 2,800 MW.  In anticipation of the influx of about 300 contractors who will spend the next five years working at the dam, Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. (KWL) was engaged to design upgrades to the water and sewer system at the Mica Creek Townsite, which currently has about 40 residents.  The considerable improvements to the townsite include:

  • water system and reservoir upgrades;
  • sanitary sewer system upgrades;
  • wastewater disposal field and pump station upgrades;
  • new structural fill camp trailer pads and parking lot facility;
  • stormwater drainage works; and
  • data collection upgrades.

Incorporating the existing infrastructure into the design of the service upgrades and a short construction season were only two of the considerable challenges faced.

This presentation will focus on the design methods used to revitalize this unique and historical community while addressing environmental constraints, adverse soil conditions, issues pertaining to site remoteness, and time constraints created by the late spring freshet and the early winter snowfall.

The key learning points for this project are:

  • Assessing conditions of existing water, sanitary and storm system facilities
  • Developing concepts for service upgrades while incorporating the use of existing infrastructure
  • Identifying solutions to issues brought on by site remoteness and other constraints

To view his presentation, click on the download button below.

Presentation (application/pdf, 10.922Mb)