Wastewater Treatment Facilities
The Capital Regional District (CRD) operates trunk sewer systems in the capital region. These trunk systems are the large sewer lines to which municipal sewer lines connect for sewage disposal. The trunk systems include pump stations, lift stations and wastewater bypass locations.
The region's extensive sewage collection systems culminate at eight sewage treatment plants:
Saanich Peninsula Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Saanich Peninsula wastewater treatment plant serves North Saanich, Central Saanich and the Town of Sidney as well as the Victoria International Airport, the Institute of Ocean Sciences and the Tseycum and Pauquachin First Nations communities. This is a secondary treatment plant with capability to produce Class A Biosolids for beneficial use. The plant has been in operation since 2000.
Clover Point & Macaulay Point Facilities
The facilities at Clover and Macaulay points serve the municipalities of the Core Area. At these facilities, the sewage is screened to exclude objects larger than 6 millimetres prior to discharge through long, deep ocean outfalls. This is considered preliminary treatment. The CRD is currently planning the upgrading of wastewater treatment practices in the core area to account for the demands of our increasing population.
Port Renfrew Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Port Renfrew wastewater treatment plant serves a community of approximately 70 households. This plant provides secondary treatment and disposal by ocean outfall.
Cannon Crescent Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Cannon Crescent wastewater treatment plant serves a small portion of the Magic Lake sewer area on North Pender Island. This plant provides secondary treatment and disposal by ocean outfall.
Schooner Way Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Schooner Way wastewater treatment plant is the primary treatment plant for the Magic Lake Estates subdivision on North Pender Island. This plant provides secondary treatment, ultraviolet disinfection of the effluent and ocean discharge. The plant serves approximately 550 households.
Ganges Harbour Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Ganges wastewater treatment plant provides secondary treatment on Salt Spring Island. The membrane bioreactor provides an extremely high quality of effluent for the community of Ganges on Salt Spring Island. The CRD is investigating the use of reclaimed water from the plant for irrigation to offset potable water use.
Maliview Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Maliview wastewater treatment plant serves the community of Salt Spring Island and has recently been updated to provide secondary treatment for a 100-lot subdivision.