The Capital Regional District Board Passes Procurement Option for Wastewater Treatment

Mar 31, 2010

Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has approved the Business Case for Provincial Funding and Procurement for the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project. The approved business case will now be submitted to the Minister of Community and Rural Development for consideration. The passage of this business plan will enable both federal and provincial levels of government to consider the details of delivery of their funding commitments.

The 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.

“Procurement is one of the most important decisions that we will make for the wastewater treatment program,” said Board Chair Geoff Young. “I am pleased to see the Board uphold CALWMC’s considered decision.”

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. Wastewater treatment, estimated to cost $961 million, is expected to be funded equally between provincial, federal and municipal governments.

For information on the CRD’s Wastewater Treatment Project.

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