Victoria, BC– The first meeting of the Westside Wastewater and Resource Recovery Select Committee, with members from Colwood, Esquimalt, Langford, View Royal and Songhees Nation, was held on October 23, 2014. The Select Committee reviewed their Terms of Reference and will recommend that the Capital Regional District Board adopt them at the November 12 meeting.
“Forming the Westside Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery Select Committee is an important milestone in finding a solution for wastewater treatment that will work for our communities,” said Director Barb Desjardins, Co-Chair of the Westside Wastewater and Resource Recovery Select Committee. “We are committed to moving forward collaboratively and involving our citizens in developing a plan that enhances the integrity and economy of each community.”
Members of the Westside Select Committee include:
- Township of Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins (co-chair)
- City of Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton (co-chair)
- Town of View Royal Mayor Graham Hill
- City of Langford Mayor Stewart Young
- City of Langford Councillor Lanny Seaton
- Songhees Nation Chief Ron Sam
The Province has confirmed that the CRD is responsible to implement secondary wastewater treatment in the Core Area within timelines prescribed in the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan (CALWMP). At the CRD Board meeting on October 8, 2014, staff were directed to develop terms of reference for a Westside Liquid Waste subcommittee for approval.
The goal of the Select Committee is to produce a conceptual plan for wastewater treatment and resource recovery for Westside participants that is environmentally sound and maximizes value while meeting the unique needs of the Westside. The proposed recommendation by the Westside Select Committee, in combination with similar plans for Victoria, Oak Bay and Saanich could form the basis for an amendment to the CRD’s Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan (CALWMP).
“We need to think to the future to develop a plan which ensures the best long term value for our communities,” said Director Carol Hamilton, Co-Chair of the Westside Wastewater and Resource Recovery Select Committee. “Water is becoming more valuable and energy is becoming more costly. We hope to find a wastewater solution which helps address these issues as well.”
An engagement and consultation campaign with participating municipality and First Nations residents will be the first step in developing wastewater treatment options through the Westside Select Committee.
For more information visit: www.crd.bc.ca/westside.
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