Core Area Wastewater Consultation Launches with Online Survey and Consultation Opportunities

Jan 26, 2016

Victoria, BC– The Chairs of the Eastside and Westside Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery Select Committees (Eastside and Westside Select Committees) officially launched an online survey today as part of the public consultation on potential wastewater treatment options.

There are many ways that residents can participate in the consultation, but the survey gives residents the opportunity to give feedback at a time that is convenient for them. There are education opportunities built into the survey for those who are just learning the information for the first time and an opportunity to provide more detailed feedback for those who want to give input on technical aspects of the project. To take the Core Area wastewater survey, visit www.CoreAreaWastewater.ca

“We are now at the stage where it is important to connect with the public and get their feedback. We may not have 100% of the information, but we have made significant progress and now have enough material to get meaningful input from the public, “explained CALWMC Chair Lisa Helps.

To encourage as many citizens to participate and provide their feedback, information will be made available at municipal halls; band offices; the CRD storefront at 625 Fisgard; community and public events. At those events there will be face-to-face opportunities to give feedback with project engineers to help residents understand some of the more technical information and give them the opportunity to ask questions. 

There are seven option sets for treating liquid waste. Information provided includes locations of treatment, levels of service for treated effluent, piping and conveyancing, infrastructure opportunities for water reuse and heat recovery, and preliminary estimates on costing and revenues. There are also two possible methods of treating solids including potential locations and forms of treatment.

Over the last year and a half both Eastside and Westside committees have been working at many levels – community, municipal and regional - to develop viable scenarios to deal with wastewater. All of the feedback collected through the Eastside and Westside consultation processes will contribute to a Core Area wastewater treatment solution. Public input will be consolidated and provided as a report to elected directors to guide decision-making on an amendment to the current Liquid Waste Management Plan. The committee will also consider feedback from the Technical Oversight Panel and the project’s engineering consultants in their decision making.

The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region.

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