Tours

Tuesday October 4

Cost per Tour $50

T1 NEW INFRASTRUCTURE AT THE BONNYBROOK WWTP  8:00AM – 12:30PMT1a

The Bonnybrook WWTP is one of the largest biological nutrient removal (BNR) facilities in Canada as well as the largest cold-weather (BNR) facility in the world.  This plant is one of three treatment facilities in Calgary located along the Bow River.  Major infrastructure development in the order of $1.2 billion dollars is currently underway at the facility to handle an increase in population growth.  Tour some of the completed projects to date such as the new Headworks Facility, Effluent Water Pumping Station, FOG Receiving Facility and see the progress on the planned future upgrades such as the Dewatering Facility, Biogradex, Capacity Upgrades and a major plant expansion.

T2 Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA) Research Facility – 8:00AM-12:30PM

T2Visit this one-of-a-kind facility! Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA), a partnership between The City of Calgary and the University of Calgary, offers unique opportunities for industry and the community to support and advance the future of clean water. For the first time, scientists are working side-by-side with municipal wastewater operators to replicate environmental water problems within a full-scale municipal wastewater treatment plant. With 3.8 kilometres of naturalized streams, scientific experts in ecology, biology, toxicology, microbiology, process engineering, medicine and public health, along with municipalities and industrial partners, are working to ensure clean drinking water for the planet.

T3 Elbow River – Flood Impacts & Riverbank Erosion Rehabilitation Bioengineering (walking tour)– 1:00PM-4:00PMT3

The City of Calgary contains approximately 230 kms of stream and riverbank along the Bow River, Elbow River, Nose Creek and West Nose Creek. The 2013 flood severely damaged 35 kms of these banks. It also caused severe damage to critical sections of the City’s pedestrian pathway located adjacent to these banks. This walking tour will take you to a variety of bioengineering projects that employ a number of different techniques to restore the riverbank and protect infrastructure. The goal of bioengineering is to promote natural recovery of riparian areas, restoration of the bank with lower maintenance and self-sustaining ecosystem that mirrors natural riparian areas.

T4 Glenmore WTP Upgrade Projects 1:00PM-5:00PM

T4The City of Calgary has two water treatment plants, Bearspaw and Glenmore that have the capacity to produce a maximum of 950 million litres of water per day combined.  Visit the historic and newly upgraded Glenmore Water Treatment Plant, which is a “zero-discharge facility” and located on the Elbow River and Glenmore Reservoir. It was constructed in 1933 and expanded in 1957 and 1965. Completed in 2011, the upgrade program included residuals treatment to eliminate process waste discharge to the Elbow River. Major new processes installed include sand ballasted flocculation (Actiflo) and residuals treatment including dewatering and full recycling of process waste.