Wastewater Amendment 8 Approved by Province of BC

Aug 25, 2010

Victoria, BC – Amendment 8 to the Capital Regional District’s Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan has received approval from the Province of BC. In his August 25, 2010 letter, Minister of Environment Barry Penner states, “Ministry staff believe that the current strategy provides a practical, cost effective system that incorporates current resource recovery opportunities (with generation of offsetting revenues) and facilitates future resource recovery opportunities.”

“I am pleased that the Minister and his staff have approved Amendment 8,” said Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee Chair Judy Brownoff. “Our commitment to resource recovery has been justly recognized by the Province.”

Under the current plan, opportunities exist for resource recovery at every wastewater facility, and will include bio-methane production, heat recovery, phosphorous recovery and dried biosolids as a fuel substitute, as well as providing future opportunities through the development of distributed treatment facilities and integration with CRD’s strategic goals and initiatives. The Province has also granted approval for deferral of the Clover Point wet weather facility, provided continued monitoring takes place to assess the impact of discharge on the receiving marine environment.

Approval of Amendment 8 represents a key step in gaining funding for the wastewater project; both federal and provincial funding agreements are pending. “With the approval of Amendment 8, we are now closer to acquiring the necessary funding,” said CRD Board Chair Geoff Young. “I am pleased to see the Province take this step, which will allow us to meet our commitment to provide wastewater treatment by 2016.”

The approved system configuration will include a centralized, liquids only treatment facility at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt and a separate biosolids digestion facility, located either at the Hartland Landfill or another suitable location. Underground storage tanks will be constructed in Saanich East. The system will also see the deferral of the West Shore wastewater treatment plant until at least 2030.

Total capital costs for the wastewater project are now estimated at $782 million and yearly operating costs will be $14.5 million. The yearly CRD charge to municipalities will drop to $210-$500 per average household, depending on the municipality and structure of cost sharing agreements. Future work will include the continued development of partnerships in research, learning and public education centres, which will work toward the further reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and continued consultation with the public and First Nations.

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.

For information on the CRD’s Wastewater Treatment Project please visit here.

- 30 -

For more information please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager, CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492