Victoria, BC– The Westside Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery Select Committee (Westside Solutions) has released the information obtained from the survey that was conducted in December and January along with a brief summary report highlighting some key points expressed by survey respondents. The clear majority of respondents listed “meeting high environmental standards” as their first priority, with “keeping cost low” as the second highest rated option.
“We are very pleased with both the quantity and quality of the comments submitted by citizens” said co-chair Barbara Desjardins of the Westside Select Committee, “While there were a range of opinions and suggestions submitted, the overall feedback confirmed that there was interest in finding a solution for sewage treatment.”
Westside Solutions conducted the online survey in conjunction with six open houses in communities throughout the westside as the first step in engaging westside citizens in a dialogue around options in a new westside wastewater treatment process and to get preliminary feedback from residents. In total there were 345 responses primarily from residents of the communities on the westshore.
“This is an important step in being able to move forward and enlist the help of the public in finding answers to our wastewater treatment challenge,” said Select Committee co-chair Carol Hamilton, “We would like to thank everyone who participated. The raw data is being made available on line and we encourage people to look at it and draw their own conclusions.”
Westside Solutions intends to continue to have conversations with interested citizens through a series of roundtables and public information sessions over the coming weeks.
The Westside Select Committee was struck last fall to to proceed with developing options for wastewater treatment and resource recovery. Westside communities - Esquimalt, View Royal, Colwood and Langford, and the Songhees Nation, with the support of the CRD, have initiated Westside Solutions, a project designed to evaluate options and recommend site(s) for potential liquid waste treatment and resource recovery plan for the westside communities. This plan, in combination with a plan from the Eastside Select Committee could form the basis for an amendment to the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan. For more information on Westside Solutions and for the results of the Westside Solutions survey go to www.westsidesolutions.ca.
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