Barrowtown Pumping Station in Abbotsford to get a back-up generator – Agassiz Harrison Observer


The Barrowtown Pumping Station in Abbotsford is getting new equipment that will keep it running during blackouts.

City Council recently awarded a $ 3.3 million contract to Cummins Canada ULC for the supply and delivery of a back-up generator to the station, which Mayor Henry Braun described as “a vital part of the l ‘infrastructure’.

Funding of up to $ 6.5 million has been provided through a grant from the provincial government. (In addition to the contract with Cummins, costs include $ 313,000 for engineering and $ 2.9 million for construction and contingencies.)

The station’s four large pumps prevent excess water from entering the Sumas Grassland on a daily basis and filling Sumas Lake – which was drained in the 1920s to make way for Sumas Grassland farmland – by channeling it to the Fraser River.

The site operated continuously during the recent flooding to mitigate the damage, but Braun said power lines that were cut in Abbotsford forced the town to switch to the Chilliwack side for electricity.

“If we had lost the current to Chilliwack for some reason, these pumps would have been shut down and this lake would have filled up and eventually flooded the Barrowtown Pumping Station, and we would be sitting here today with eight to 10 feet of water. ‘water on Highway 1,’ Braun said at the December 20 council meeting.

Braun said the Abbotsford Regional Hospital is first on BC Hydro’s list of priority customers during an outage, and the pumping station is second.

“Despite this, the pumping station has suffered power outages on several occasions and currently does not have a back-up power system to maintain pumping operations in the event of a power failure,” says a staff report. to the board.

The backup generator funding process began over a year ago after the provincial government announced the Adaptation, Resilience and Disaster Mitigation Program on December 1, 2020.

The program focuses on structural and natural infrastructure programs to deal with the impacts of floods and flood-related risks.

Abbotsford Council determined that the pumping station’s back-up generator was a good candidate for the program, and a grant application was submitted. Funding was approved in June of this year.

A tender for the supply and delivery of the generator was launched and the city received four proposals.

The project is expected to be completed in mid-2023.


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