Fauquier is a small community 57 km south of Nakusp on highway #6. It is situated on the shore of the Arrow Lake at the terminus of the Needles Ferry. The town and the golf course are supplied with water by a system originally constructed by BC Hydro following flooding of the valley for the construction of the Hugh Keenleyside dam at Castlegar in 1966. In January of 2011 responsibility for the water system passed from BC Hydro to the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK).


The RDCK managers and staff of the utility department determined that the preferred technology for a water treatment plant in Fauquier was rapid sand filtration and decided to move forward with the installation of a treatment plant. In 2012, WSA Engineering (2012) Ltd. (WSA) was retained by the RDCK to prepare and assemble a set of construction drawings to use for the tendering and installation of the treatment plant as well detailed design drawings for the site development and building for costing, permitting and construction.


During the course of the project WSA completed the following tasks:

  • Co-ordinate and review with Ministry of Health
  • Design and develop specifications for the treatment plant
  • Prepare RFP for design and supply of sand filters to the RDCK consultant services RFP template
  • Review proposals and recommend award
  • Prepare tender for plant installation and commissioning and standby power generator
  • Detailed design of building layout and site development
  • Prepare a Class A Cost Estimate
  • Prepare progress payment certificates and deficiency lists and substantial completion certificates
  • Plant Commissioning
  • Preparation of Record Drawings and O&M manuals collected and assembled.