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Charlie Lake wastewater services contract awarded

'Exemplary service' from Aquatech, PRRD says

Peace River Regional District directors approved a five-year $3.084-million contract to Aquatech Canadian Water Services for the management and operation of the Charlie Lake Wastewater System. 

The company was the sole bidder on the contract and has previously provided services for the wastewater system for the past six years. 

“While the proposal met all requirements, it should also be noted that Aquatech has offered throughout its initial six year term operating the Charlie Lake Waste Water Service,” Environmental Services Manager Kari Bondaroff wrote in an April 15 report to the board. 

“Customer relations, detailed planning for operations, and maintenance of PRRD assets, communication with PRRD staff and contractors, compliance with regulations and applicable permitting, and quick response to emergency situations are all examples of qualities that warrant further service extension of the contract.”

The Charlie Lake system is the largest of the PRRD Wastewater Treatment and Collection Systems, with significant upgrades completed in 2015.  PRRD has also looked at options for reclaiming the water from the site

The contract will begin Dec. 1, and an optional one year extension is included in the terms of the contract. 

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative. Email Tom at