Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre
Wastewater from approximately 97,000 people in the City of Nanaimo, Snuneymuxw First Nation, and parts of Lantzville is treated at the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre (GNPCC). Wastewater is gravity fed and pumped to GNPCC via three pump stations - Wellington Pump Station, Departure Bay Pump Station and Chase River Pump Station. The Chase River Pump station also has a septage receiving site that accepts septage from residential onsite (septic) systems and wastewater from pump-and-haul clients.
The GNPCC uses chemically-enhanced primary treatment to remove 30-40% of biological oxygen demand (BOD) and 50% of total suspended solids (TSS). GNPCC is one of two primary treatment plants remaining in the region. Upgrades are underway to provide secondary treatment to improve effluent quality. Secondary treatment is able to remove up to 90% of BOD and TSS. To learn more about how treatment works and the different types of treatment, visit our How Treatment Works page.
Biosolids, a soil-like material produced during the wastewater treatment process, are used in the RDN's Forest Fertilization Project. To learn more about how biosolids are managed in the RDN, visit our Biosolids Management page.
GNPCC treated almost 11 trillion litres of wastewater in 2018. Treated wastewater is discharged into the Strait of Georgia 2,030 m offshore at a depth of 70 m.
Major Projects & Improvements
|2017-2019||Secondary Treatment Upgrade Project|
|2014-2016||Upgrading and replacing the outfall|
|2013||Construction of Sedimentation Tank 4, to improve plant efficiencies and support increasing flows|
|2011-2013||Construction of a third digester to improve plant efficiencies and support increasing flows|
|2009-2012||Construction and commissioning of a Cogeneration system|
|2008-2012||Phase II Odour Control installed|
|2007-2009||Gravity Thickeners constructed to improve solids handling|
|2005-2007||Phase I Odour Control installed|
|2002||Introduction of Chemically Enhanced Primary Treatment|
|1988-1990||Stage II expansion to improve plant efficiencies and support increasing flows|
|1972||The RDN took over operational responsibility of GNPCC|
|1971-1974||Construction of GNPCC with Primary Treatment, ending the discharge of raw sewage to the Salish Sea.|