Victoria, BC–The Capital Regional District (CRD) has developed a new framework which will allow municipalities and First Nations that are participating in the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan (CALWMP) to take a leading role in their communities to identify local opportunities as part of a holistic regional solution.
This new framework gives CALWMP participants the opportunity to have subcommittees or to work individually with the support of staff from the CRD and their own staff to develop and evaluate treatment options for their communities, conduct costing exercises and work with other municipalities to optimize existing conveyance infrastructure. Any subcommittee that is formed will report to the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee (CALWMC) and CRD Board and will be supported by CRD staff.
Westside participants (Colwood, Esquimalt, Langford, View Royal, and Songhees First Nation) are taking advantage of this new framework and have developed the Westside subcommittee. This subcommittee will work with CRD staff and a technical working group to develop a sub-regional wastewater treatment plan which aligns with the needs and desires of Westside participants. An engagement and consultation campaign with Westside residents will be the first step in developing wastewater treatment options through the Westside subcommittee.
A parallel process could be developed with Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay. Already the City of Victoria is exploring options for a Victoria only system and for a system cooperating with Saanich and Oak Bay which could become part of an overall strategy under this CRD subcommittee framework.
The municipalities of Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal, Colwood and Langford and the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations collectively are participants of the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Service which is managed and operated by the CRD in accordance with the CALWMP. The Province has confirmed that the CRD is responsible for implementing secondary wastewater treatment in the core area within timelines prescribed in the CALWMP. Provincial and Federal funding agreements that provide approximately $500 million toward the $788 million project are contingent on meeting these timelines.
For more information on the subcommittee framework or on how the CRD is planning for wastewater treatment, please visit: www.crd.bc.ca/wastewater.
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.
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