On September 14, the CRD Board approved the recommendations put forward by the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project Board (CAWTPB) which will form Amendment 11 of the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan.

This decision follows a report from the CAWTPB recommending a project proposal for wastewater treatment in the Core Area.

The recommended proposal responds to the needs of the region by providing tertiary sewage treatment for the Core Area by 2020, with a revised design that is intended to be responsive to the interests of the surrounding community and neighbourhoods. The plan includes a process to develop an integrated resource management solution for the region’s waste. It also includes a commitment to advance studies for a wastewater treatment proposal in Colwood.

Specifically, the Project Board recommends as follows:

  1. A single 108 megalitre/day plant (the Plant) for the tertiary treatment of wastewater at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt, based on a revised design, to be in operation by December 31, 2020; the Plant will be operated by the CRD.
  2. A construction laydown area for the Plant at Rock Bay in Victoria, under lease from the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations to enable barging of materials.
  3. Upgrades to the collection system, including improvements to the building and surrounding site at the Macaulay Point pump station in Esquimalt.
  4. A conveyancing system for the residual solids to be transported by pipe to the Hartland landfill in Saanich.
  5. A plant for the treatment of residual solids at Hartland landfill to produce Class A biosolids, and interim storage of biosolids, pending the introduction of an integrated resource management solution for all waste streams. This plant would be procured using a Design-Build-Finance-Operate (DBFO) model.
  6. A process to create an integrated resource management solution for waste in the CRD.
  7. A commitment to advance studies for a wastewater treatment proposal in Colwood, including up to $2 million to complete the required technical studies and environmental impact assessments.
  8. The development of a multi-year plan to improve CRD sewage facilities to mitigate their impacts on host communities.

The proposal is based on a Business Case which describes the proposal and implementation strategy and includes a detailed project budget.

The CRD will submit the revised plan and new business case to the Federal and Provincial governments for financial and regulatory approval.

Previous Project Board Reports to the CRD Board

Due Diligence Panel

A three-member due diligence panel was established to review the methodology and conclusions of the Project Board.

  • R. Scott Hanna, MRM, RPBio, CEnvP
  • Troy D. Vassos, PhD, FEC, PEng
  • David Winter, PEng

The process to establish the panel was as follows: a pool of candidates was established, including names put forward by CRD Board members; from the pool, one member was nominated by the CRD Board and one by the Project Board; the third was nominated by those two nominees.

Meeting Schedule

The below table outlines the CAWTPB meeting schedule as well as the CRD Board meeting schedule where the CAWTPB will report out.

CAWT Project Board
(times & locations TBD)
CRD Board
(1:30pm, 6th Floor Boardroom)
Tuesday, September 27 - 10am
625 Fisgard Street, Room 107
Wednesday, October 12
Tuesday, October 25 - 10am
625 Fisgard Street, Room 107
Wednesday, November 9
Tuesday, November 15- 10am
625 Fisgard Street, Room 488
Wednesday, December 14
Tuesday, December 13- 10am
625 Fisgard Street, Room 488
Wednesday, December 14

The CAWTPB invites members of the community to attend any of the Project Board meetings to make a delegation.

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference sets out the roles, responsibilities and function of the Project Board and provides a framework that includes the Project vision and goals, guiding principles and values, meeting protocols, and identifies those matters that must be referred to the CRD Board for approval.

The CRD Board continues to have overall accountability for the Project and will be responsible for approving the final Business Case to submit to the federal and provincial governments. The CRD Board will also maintain responsibility for any changes that could affect scope, schedule and budget.

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Angila Bains
Manager, Information Services