French Creek Pollution Control Centre

Wastewater from approximately 27,000 people and businesses in Qualicum Beach, Parksville and the service areas of French Creek, Pacific Shores, Surfside and Barclay Crescent flows to FCPCC. FCPCC also treats trucked waste from homes with septic systems and holding tanks.

FCPCC currently provides Secondary Treatment with Trickling Filters to remove more than 90% of biological oxygen demand and total suspended solids and comply with provincial and federal environmental regulations. Treated effluent is discharged into the Salish Sea at a depth of 61 m, 2,440 m offshore. Biosolids produced are used in the RDN's Forest Fertilization Project. To learn more, visit our Treatment Processes and Biosolids pages.

Expansion and Odour Upgrades

FCPCC must be expanded to meet demands of a growing population. The planned expansion will increase plant capacity by about 30% to meet the service area demands to the year 2035. The existing plant will also undergo extensive odour control upgrades at the same time as the expansion. The plant expansion will include its own odour controls as well.

Preliminary design of the expansion recommended providing secondary treatment in Combined Treatment Units with activated sludge technology. Combined Treatment Units are built with bioreactors on the outside of the unit and secondary clarifiers on the inside of the unit.

A Value Engineering exercise done at the onset of the detailed design phase will provide a third party critique of the preliminary design. It will also ensure that the design is optimized and that the constructed plant performs well and operates efficiently.

The project has an estimated completion date of December 2021 and an estimated budget of $32 million.

Past Projects and Improvements

Past projects and improvements include:
2009-2011Upgrade and forcemain twinning at the Lee Road Pump Station
2007-2008Installed Solids Contact Tank and Trickling Filter, replacing activated sludge
2005Commissioned fourth digester, increasing plant capacity
1999Odour control strategy implemented
1994-1997Upgrades to double the plant's capacity and improve the quality of effluent and Biosolids
1977Built using Secondary Treatment with activated sludge technology, ending the discharge of raw sewage to the Strait of Georgia

Wastewater Services | 6300 Hammond Bay Road | Nanaimo, BC V9T 6N2 | E-mail: rcu@rdn.bc.ca
Telephone: 250-390-6560 (Nanaimo) 250-954-3792 (Oceanside) 1-877-607-4111 (Toll Free)
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