Oak Bay Wastewater Discharge Notice

Jan 07, 2022

Residents are advised to avoid entering the water along the affected shorelines.

The Humber Road and Rutland Road Wastewater Pumpstations in the District of Oak Bay are operated by the CRD, but receive wastewater flows from Oak Bay’s municipal wastewater system. During rain events, the flows from Oak Bay into the pumpstations increase significantly due to the combined stormwater and wastewater collection system operated by the municipality. During these events, screened flows may bypass the pumpstations and discharge through short outfalls into the nearby marine environment.

As a precaution and in consultation with Island Health, beaches within the area influenced by the discharges, between Ripon Road and Cattle Point, will be posted with signage advising the public to avoid entering the water along the affected shorelines for 48 hours following a rain event, as the combined stormwater and wastewater discharges may pose a health risk.

The District of Oak Bay continues to work on the Uplands combined sewer separation project which will ultimately address the pumpstation bypass issue.