Water Reclamation & Spray Irrigation
The Operation Services Division of the City of Vernon is responsible for the treatment and beneficial reuse of all residential, commercial and industrial wastewater generated in the Greater Vernon area (Vernon, parts of Coldstream, Okanagan Landing, and Blue Jay Subdivision.
Wastewater is treated at the Vernon Water Reclamation Centre (VWRC). The centre is located at 2100 43rd Street and has been in operation at this location since the 1930s. Over the years, the VWRC has been expanded and upgraded a number of times and currently serves a population of 36,000 in Greater Vernon. Average daily flow at the VWRC is approximately 12,300 m3 (12,300,000 litres, 2.70 million Imperial Gallons, 3.25 million US Gallons).
Wastewater undergoes primary, secondary and tertiary treatment at the VWRC. Treatment works include fine screening, grit removal, primary clarification, biological nutrient removal, secondary clarification, and during irrigation season (May-Oct), sand filtration and ultraviolet disinfection.
Primary and secondary solids are dewatered and composted. The final product is rich in nutrients and sold commercially.