Ahousaht Biosolids Management Options Assessment

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Ahousaht First Nation

The remote First Nations community of Ahousaht is located on Flores Island north of Tofino, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. Ahousaht will commission a new wastewater treatment plant in 2019. Indigenous Services Canada contracted SYLVIS to assess potential management options for biosolids both on Flores Island and on Vancouver Island.

SYLVIS conducted a field tour of biosolids management sites around Vancouver Island with Ahousaht members. Following a preliminary assessment of potential management options, SYLVIS presented the range of options to the Ahousaht Chief and Council and community for their consideration and feedback. Based on this feedback, SYLVIS produced a final options assessment report. Based on SYLVIS’s expertise and experience on Vancouver Island, a full range of options were assessed as part of this work.

As part of this project, SYLVIS also produced a “Biosolids Quality Guide” for use by Ahousaht and other remote First Nations communities This guide details which substances should be kept out of the wastewater system and alternative recycling or disposal options.

SYLVIS has worked in a multitude of different residuals management scenarios and can draw on our 25-year history of residuals management to identify viable management options for clients of any size and in any location.