Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District (CRD) Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee today passed a motion recommending that the CRD Board approve the formation of a Wastewater and Resource Recovery Select Committee for the Saanich, Victoria and Oak Bay participants of the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan (CALWMP).
Under the new CRD Select Committee Framework, this Select Committee would allow the municipalities of Saanich, Victoria and Oak Bay to take a leading role in identifying wastewater treatment options for their communities as part of a comprehensive regional solution.
If approved, the Select Committee will be supported by the CRD and municipal staff to develop and evaluate sub-regional treatment options for their communities, conduct costing exercises and work with other municipalities to optimize existing conveyance infrastructure.
Last November, westside participants (Colwood, Esquimalt, Langford, View Royal, and Songhees First Nation) developed the Westside Wastewater and Resource Recovery Select Committee and initiated the Westside Solutions Project to engage citizens to work collectively to identify solutions for wastewater treatment and resource recovery that meet the unique needs of the westside. An engagement campaign with westside residents, including a series of open houses and an online survey, is currently underway.
Public consultation will remain a focus for each Select Committee. Sub-regional wastewater treatment plans that are produced through these Select Committees could form the basis for an amendment to the CRD’s CALWMP.
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.
For more information on the Select Committee 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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