West Shore Sub Committee Formed for Local Wastewater Treatment Decisions

Dec 07, 2009

Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District’s Core Area Liquid Waste Management Project has seen the formation of a new West Shore Sub Committee (WSSC). The committee will advise the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee (CALWMC) on matters relating to the successful completion of the West Shore wastewater treatment plant.

Included on the committee are Dave Saunders, Mayor of Colwood and Stewart Young, Mayor of  Langford as well as Councillors Denise Blackwell and Lanny Seaton from Langford and Judith Cullington and Gordie Logan from Colwood. WSSC will also advise CALWMC on options relating to the future governances of the West Shore communities sewage treatment options.

“I’m happy to see this committee formed,” said Colwood Mayor Dave Saunders. “We are a community with great potential for development opportunities and innovative resource recovery technologies, and the WSSC will give us the freedom to develop these concepts.”

The West Shore’s communities of Colwood and Langford are both part of the Core Area municipalities, which will see the implementation of a wastewater treatment system over the next several years. The cost of the system is estimated at $967.5 million and includes the potential for more than 18,500 tonnes of carbon offsets per year. Included in the system is a Saanich East-North Oak Bay (SENOB) liquids only plant at the Finnerty/Arbutus site, a treatment plant at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt, a treatment plant in the West Shore, a Clover Point wet weather facility and an energy centre facility. Annual resource recovery revenues are estimated at $5.7 million by 2030 and $13 million by 2065. Annual operating costs for the system are estimated at $19.8 million per year, with a per household cost of $250-$450 per year, depending on the municipality and structure of cost sharing agreements.

The committee has identified a potential site for a wastewater treatment plant at 3300 Wishart Road, a property which includes the Colwood City Hall and the Public Works yard. “A West Shore plant will be built to current capacity; future development in the Skirt Mountain and Westhills areas will include onsite sewage treatment similar to Victoria’s Dockside Green,” said Langford Mayor Stewart Young. “We are committed to infrastructure spending and development which will satisfy the needs of residents and the future direction of Colwood and Langford’s growing communities.”

In mid January 2010 the CRD will hold public consultation session in the West Shore to gain feedback on the potential site. Dates will be announced in early January.

In 2006 the CRD began planning to upgrade its wastewater treatment at the request of the Minister of Environment for British Columbia. The Core Area includes the municipalities of Colwood, Esquimalt, Langford, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria and View Royal. Planning and construction of the wastewater treatment system is expected to take 10 years to complete.

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For more information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3308
Cell: 250.216.4427