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
- In 2023, we will be installing a new watermain as part of the 6th Street North road renewal project to increase fire flow capacity in the downtown core.
- Work will continue on Well 6, with the construction of a new water well.
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
- In 2023, work will begin on integrated sanitary sewer upgrades, this includes improvements and renewals at the sewage treatment plant and some sanitary mains funded through a $1,085,651 grant from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This work includes:
Improvements and renewals at the sewage treatment plant as well as cast-in-place slip lining of some sanitary mains to reduce seasonal inflow and infiltration influences.
- The Edelweiss sanitary lift station will be replaced in 2023 using $750,000 from the Sewer Capital Reserve.
- Replacing a sanitary main adjacent to Station Avenue that is over capacity, and majority funded through our Development Cost Charge program.
- Continuing (Year 4 of 5) with remote sewer communications/control equipment modernizing.