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Burrows Pump Station Upgrade

Burrows Pump Station on the south bank of the Nicomekl River

Project Description

We will upgrade the Burrows Drainage Pump Station located on the south bank of the Nicomekl River, west of Highway 15. This pump station controls flooding to support agriculture. It does this by draining the stormwater that reaches the Burrows Ditch into the Nicomekl River during heavy rain periods.

The pump station helps irrigate the fields during dry summer season, which is typically June to September.  It does this by pumping water in a reverse direction out, of the Nicomekl River, into the low-lying ditch network within the Burrows Drainage Catchment area that farmers use to irrigate fields with.

What Will This Project Achieve?

Upgrades to this pump station and surrounding infrastructure will help:

  • Control flooding within the agricultural floodplain.
  • Increase the capacity of the existing pump station so it can pump out more stormwater to a lower level for improving agricultural drainage.
  • Accommodate regional ground subsidence (gradual lowering of the ground).
  • Reduce infrastructure vulnerability to an earthquake.
  • Renew irrigation infrastructure to support agricultural irrigation during the dry season.
  • Allow for fish to pass through more easily.

Floodproofing this pump station is in line with the Surrey’s Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy (CFAS), to help prepare for sea-level rise and improve flood resilience within the coastal floodplain.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund.

Project Timing

Construction is currently scheduled to begin Spring 2020 and will be completed by Winter 2020/2021.

Contact Information

For more information about this project, please contact Harry Long, City of Surrey Project Manager at 604-591-4312 or HLLong@surrey.ca.