The City of New Westminster and the regional governing body for Metro Vancouver are collaborating on a project they say will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of a developing area of the city.
The proposed Sapperton District Energy System would recover heat from the sewer system and channel it through a network of pipes to provide heat and hot water for homes and businesses near the Sapperton and Braid SkyTrain Stations.
Metro Vancouver is committing up to $18 million in funding for the project, and the city council has begun the process of changing its bylaws to enable the implementation of the system, according to a joint news release issued Thursday.
"Further funding from other orders of government is being sought to allow the project to proceed," the statement reads. "The city and Fraser Health are also working to confirm participation of Royal Columbian Hospital as the major user of the new system."