The Revelstoke sewage treatment plant headworks building is the source of the small emanating from the area.

The Revelstoke sewage treatment plant headworks building is the source of the small emanating from the area.

Installation of sewer odour control equipment set to start

The City of Revelstoke has awarded the contract to install sewer odour control equipment to a Canyon Industrial Electrical

The City of Revelstoke has awarded the contract to install sewer odour control equipment to a local company.

Canyon Industrial Electrical was awarded the tender to install the odour control equipment at a cost of $241,809.

Canyon beat out Combined Mechanical Contractors and Bry-Mac Mechanical for the contract. They bid $326,585 and $406,654 respectively.

All bids were higher than the pre-tender estimate of $217,500.

The contract was awarded during the in camera portion of the Apr. 14 meeting of council. Normally large contracts like this are decided in the regular council meeting, but Mike Thomas, the city’s director of engineering, said the discussion was brought in camera due to privileged client/lawyer discussions.

Canyon will install odour control equipment that was purchased from Advanced Air Systems for $105,930 in December.

The odour emanating from the city’s sewage treatment plant has long been a sore spot for Southside residents. The city commissioned a study to determine the source of the small last year. The odour was traced to the headworks building, which was venting untreated sewer smell into the air.

The ongoing work will see a filter installed that will extract the odour-causing compounds from the air before it leaves the building.

Thomas said construction will start this week.

The project is coming in over budget. The initial 2014 capital plan budgeted $200,000 for the project, however that was upped to $320,000 after a report by engineering firm AECOM on possible solutions was completed.

It has now been re-budgeted in 2015 at a cost of $360,000, which will be paid for out of the sewer reserve fund. Thomas said the additional $40,000 is due to changes required due to errors in the drawings for the headworks building, cost refinements after awarding the equipment supply contract, and the expected cost of installation pre-tender.