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Abbotsford Mission Joint Wastewater

As the population of Abbotsford and Mission grow, we are working to ensure our regional wastewater system and infrastructure meet the needs of our growing populations.  

The Abbotsford Mission Water & Sewer Commission (AMWSC) treats municipal wastewater from the Abbotsford, Mission, as well Sumas, WA at the Joint Abbotsford Mission Environmental System (JAMES) Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).  The WWTP provides secondary treatment to the wastewater and the effluent is discharged into the Fraser River.  The equivalent service population in 2015 was approximately 240,000.


Abbotsford’s Official Community Plan (OCP), adopted in June 2016, provides a vision and a framework for how Abbotsford will grow to a population of 200,000. We are now reviewing and updating existing Master Plans and Studies to ensure all of our future operations, development, infrastructure, services, amenities and programs align with the vision set out in our OCP. 

Since its original construction in 1981, the plant has undergone several major expansions to service growth. After the wastewater has undergone primary, secondary treatment and disinfection, the treated effluent is discharged into the high current area of Fraser River through a 1.2 km long outfall.

The project scope includes a review of historical service population, flow, and load data, a mass load/balance review, preparation of flow and load projections for the next 25 years, analyzing plant performance and system capacity, identify existing and future deficiencies, and developing short and long range plans for plant expansion.  

The project will soon be in STAGE 1: BACKGROUND REVIEW AND DATA ASSESSMENT. As information becomes available on public events, open houses, surveys, presentations and reports, they will be posted below under the corresponding stage.  


This process will allow us to collect and assess the data to move to our next phase where we will explore new options, and priorities for the future of our Joint Wastewater infrastructure and services. 


We will be coming to you in the Fall/Winter with concepts for how our joint wastewater services and infrastructure will grow to meet the needs of our growing populations in Abbotsford and Mission.


We will compile the results from stage 1 and 2 as well as the feedback we receive, which will form the base of our Draft Plan. 


During this stage, we will have compiled all of our collective feedback and priorities and present the final plan to the public and Council.
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Purvez Irani, Director of Infrastructure Planning

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