Odour Advisory: Esquimalt and Saanich

Apr 30, 2021 (updated Jun 07, 2021, 4:41pm)

The CRD is carrying out treatment process optimization and commissioning activities at wastewater treatment facilities that may result in intermittent odours.

The Capital Regional District (CRD) is currently carrying out ongoing commissioning activities that may result in the generation of intermittent odours near the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Esquimalt and the Residuals Treatment Facility (RTF) located north of Hartland Landfill in Saanich. 

At the Treatment Plant, treatment process optimization is ongoing and CRD staff are working to capture and treat foul air through the odour control system.  

As commissioning activities continue at the RTF, CRD staff and facility contractors are working to limit the source and impact of odour in the area.

Some operating and equipment challenges are not uncommon in the period of time immediately after handover of a facility from a contractor to an operator, as a period of fine-tuning and optimizing operations is to be expected.

CRD staff and facility contractors are making every effort to limit the source and impact of odour around the wastewater treatment facilities and will continue to monitor this issue as work proceeds.

The CRD remains mindful of the impact this has on residents and is grateful to our local communities for their patience and will provide regular updates as we work toward normal operating conditions.