Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District is seeking public comment on a proposal to the District of Saanich to connect a sewer line from Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park washroom facilities to the community sewer system. The CRD is upgrading its facilities and wastewater disposal at two toilet locations within the park.
“CRD has made application to the Municipality of Saanich to connect to the municipal sewer because the park is outside the municipal sewer service area,” said CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair Susan Brice. “With nearly 1.5 million visitors to the park annually, the need for washroom facilities continues to increase and improved facilities are required to meet growing park user demands.”
A CRD study concluded that the seasonal use of the facilities and the existing soil conditions are not favourable for septic field disposal. The need to improve the sewage disposal system at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park from Beaver Beach is supported in the Regional Parks Strategic Plan and is included in the Regional Parks five-year Capital Plan.
“Connecting to the municipal sewer represents the best triple-bottom line solution for providing long-term, year-round service to the public and for protecting the environment,” said Brice.
The public can drop in anytime between 4 and 7 pm to meet Regional Parks and Environmental Services staff, review the proposal and provide ideas, comments and suggestions.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 4-7pm
Saanich Commonwealth Place, Arbutus Room, 4636 Elk Lake Drive
Residents can provide input through a comment form at the public meeting or online at crd.bc.ca/parks until July 11, 2014. The feedback provided to Regional Parks will be presented to the Regional Parks Committee and District of Saanich Council.
The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks