Victoria, BC-The Capital Regional District Board today confirmed that it is proceeding with the current Plan and timeline for the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program.
In 2006, the CRD began the planning for wastewater treatment facilities at the request of the Minister of Environment for British Columbia. On July 18, 2012, the Federal Government proclaimed Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations which required secondary wastewater treatment across Canada. The federal and provincial funding partners have committed $501 million to assist the CRD with the implementation of the Plan and all of the Program facilities are expected to be in operation by the spring of 2018.
“In order to meet the timeline outlined by the provincial and federal governments, we will continue with the schedule as outlined in the contribution agreements with the Federal and Provincial Governments,” said CRD Board Chair Alastair Bryson.
Based on the approval of the Plan and the funding agreements, the Program Management Office has been established and advisory consultants retained. Firms are preparing bids for the Request for Proposals (RFP) to construct the McLoughlin Point secondary treatment facility, this RFP was issued by the Treatment Program Commission and is part of their mandate to implement the Program.
There have been suggested alternate approaches that have included a distributed system, with multiple smaller plants. This concept has been thoroughly evaluated and determined to have larger capital and operating costs and additional siting challenges. Pursuit of a new or parallel process could undermine the independence and work of the Commission and significantly delay the entire project.
“The CRD remains committed to finding the most practical, cost effective system that incorporates innovative technologies, resource recovery opportunities and working with the communities to provide an opportunity for input into the design parameters of the facilities,” said Chair Bryson.
The Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program is the foundation of a wastewater treatment system for the Core Area municipalities with the flexibility to accommodate advanced treatment technologies in the future and development of decentralized treatment systems in growth areas.
For more information on the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program visit here.
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