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Twin Tunnels Launch Delayed to 2014

Twin tunnels, each more than 7km in length and almost 4 metres in diameter, have been bored through the base of Grouse Mountain to send water from the Capilano Reservoir to the Seymour Filtration Plant.

This $820 million project was originally scheduled for completion in 2009. Fraught with delays, the tunnels are still not in service. Consequently, unfiltered water from Capilano Reservoir that supplies tap water to western Metro Vancouver during the summer, remains too murky to use in the winter months. The latest projected completion date and start-of-service using the Twin Tunnels is now 2014.

Cross Section of Tunnels. Image from Metro Vancouver online publication about the Seymour Capilano Filtration Project


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