The Joint Abbotsford Mission Environmental Systems Wastewater Treatment Plant (JAMES Plant) is located at 5959 Gladwin Road and is jointly owned and operated by the City of Abbotsford and District of Mission. The JAMES Plant was constructed from 1980 to 1981 (operational November 1981) and has gone through a number of expansions over the years to serve the increased population growth. The service area of JAMES Plant includes the City of Abbotsford, the District of Mission and the City of Sumas, Washington, USA.
JAMES Plant Facts (Based on 2014 operations data)
- Plant Flow
- Average Daily Flow – 48,000 m3/d
- Incoming Raw Wastewater
- Average cBOD – 250 mg/L
- Average TSS – 535 mg/L
- Treated wastewater
- Average cBOD – 10-15 mg/L
- Average TSS –10-15 mg/L
JAMES Plant is registered under the MWR (Municipal Wastewater Regulation) administered by the BC Ministry of Environment (MOE) to discharge the treated wastewater into the Fraser River. The registration allows for the treated wastewater to contain up to a maximum of 45 mg/L of BOD and 45 mg/L of TSS. The Federal Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations (WSER) identifies an effluent quality standard (in effect January 1, 2015) for <25 mg/L of BOD (average) and 25 mg/L of TSS (average).
Analysis of plant’s data over a number of years has indicated that the JAMES Plant has consistently performed well and has met and outperformed the targets set by the MOE. The 2014 operating data indicates that the JAMES Plant's treated wastewater is under the discharge limits set by the MWR and meet the Federal effluent quality standards.