Yukon says Dawson wastewater plant expensive, needs replacing after seven years

Just seven years after it was completed, planners want to replace a wastewater treatment plant in Dawson City, Yukon.

Only seven years after it was opened, planners are already calling for the replacement of a wastewater treatment plant that serves the Yukon Community of Dawson City. Photo by Dawsonesque via Wikimedia Commons.
Only seven years after it was opened, planners are already calling for the replacement of a costly wastewater treatment plant that serves the Yukon Community of Dawson City and its surroundings. Photo by Dawsonesque via Wikimedia Commons.

The Yukon government says the project has been a “costly endeavour” but the life cycle of the treatment plant has been severely limited by rising costs and performance issues, so it supports the city in planning for a new plant to be operational by 2026.

The territory says the system struggled to meet requirements of its water licence and costs about $950,000 a year to operate, higher than any other Yukon community including Whitehorse.

The government says in a news release the treatment plant is now marginally capable of meeting effluent discharge standards under normal operation conditions.

Community Services Minister John Streicker says the plant never operated the way it was intended and as Dawson grows, maintaining it will become more difficult.

Corix Water Systems Inc., the company contracted to build the plant, operated it until 2017 when operations and maintenance were taken over by the territory.

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