The CRD's CALWMC Chooses Procurement Option for Wastewater Treatment

Mar 25, 2010

Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District (CRD)’s Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee (CALWMC) has approved the Business Case for Provincial Funding and Procurement for the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project.

The approved business case includes procurement for facilities at McLoughlin Point, Clover Point, Saanich East, an energy centre, conveyance, pumps and outfalls using a traditional approach (design-bid-build, design-build or construction management at risk). The West Shore plant and resource recovery components of the energy centre will be procured using either traditional or an alternative service delivery (design-build-finance-operate or design-build-operate), otherwise known as a P3 approach.

“The option decided on by the committee will give the CRD the flexibility to build the lowest cost option for Core Area residents while respecting support for a system which is run mainly on a traditional model,” said CALWMC Chair Judy Brownoff, “I am pleased to see that traditional procurement is still a viable option for the entire wastewater system.”

If approved by the CRD Board, the business case will be forwarded to the provincial government for funding consideration. Wastewater treatment, estimated to cost $961 million, is expected to be funded equally between provincial, federal and municipal governments.

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 affected includes the municipalities of Colwood, Esquimalt, Langford, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria and View Royal. On December 14, 2009, the CRD submitted an amendment to the existing Liquid Waste Management Plan to the Minister of Environment. Planning and construction of this wastewater treatment system is expected to take 10 years to complete. The new wastewater treatment plan must take into account population and infrastructure growth up to 2065.

For information on the CRD’s Wastewater Treatment Project.

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