The Town's Operations and Public Works department ensures the efficient and effective delivery of clean drinking water to our community. Golden's water is collected from a ground water aquifier. Aquifers can be natural filters that trap sediment and pathogens to provide natural purification of the ground water flowing through them. In Golden’s case, our water quality is excellent and doesn’t require filtration or chemical treatments to remove contaminants.
The Town of Golden's water system is comprised of:
- Five groundwater wells with a combined total pumping capacity of 125 litres per second. One well remains out of service with plans to drill a replacement in the future.
- Five reservoirs with a total storage capacity of about 6.96 Mega Litres.
Operations staff maintain approximately 39 kilometres of water pipes with ongoing work to protect our water with a robust groundwater protection program. Crews are ready to respond and address service interruptions 24 hours a day.
Water Services projects
2022 will mark year three of a five-year program to renew and upgrade all existing water and sanitary related radio communications and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) hardware and software. Renewal of this equipment is critical to the ongoing accurate monitoring, control and alarm call-out functions associated with the numerous facilities and their day-to-day functions. This project will support improvements for both water and sewer services.
Annual Drinking Water Reports:
All of the water that is flushed down toilets, drained from bathtubs and sinks or used to wash clothes, drains into the sewage collection system.
The Town's sewer system is comprised of seven lift stations and one sewage treatment plant, with a collection system capacity to process 4251 cubic metres per day of effluent. Operations staff is responsible for the maintenance of approximately 36 kilometres of sewer lines.
The effluent treatment process includes UV disinfection, a chemical free process, that discharges high quality effluent that is environmentally friendly. The Town of Golden consistently meets or exceeds permit requirements for effluent that is discharged from the sewage treatment facility.
Sewer Services projects
- Planning for the replacement of one lift station; deferred in 2020, will take place in 2021.
- Improvements and enhancements to truck effluent dumping facilities; deferred in 2020, may take place in 2021.
A grant application of about $1.3 million was submitted for sewer system work, including sewage treatment plant and sewer collection system renewals. The application is still being adjudicated, if successful work may being in 2022.