Victoria, BC– A potential list of 20 technically feasible sites for wastewater treatment and resource recovery facilities in the westside communities of Esquimalt, View Royal, Colwood and Langford has been compiled by the Westside Solutions technical committee.
The sites – which will not be identified by location at the present time because several of them are privately owned – were selected based on their size and their proximity to existing trunk lines, potential outfalls, neighbourhoods, and existing developments that could take advantage of resource recovery opportunities.
“This is a positive step forward, but we have more work to do yet,” said Esquimalt Mayor and Westside Solutions Co-Chair Barbara Desjardins. “The Select Committee is reviewing the report and will combine it with ongoing input from our public engagement process. These parallel processes will help us arrive at a technically viable and publically acceptable solution for wastewater treatment and resource recovery in the westside. ”
Highlights of the technical report:
The Westside Solutions Select Committee will host public roundtables on May 6, 9 and 13 to further refine the criteria for potential wastewater treatment sites. This roundtable dialogue will explore the potential benefits, tradeoffs and conditions for acceptance of siting wastewater treatment and resource recovery facilities within westside communities. The roundtable will provide invaluable information for municipal decision makers who will be faced with choosing a site in the coming months.
The primary goal of the Westside Solutions process is to create a unified, regional wastewater treatment and resource recovery system, working in partnership with the Eastside Select Committee. A joint Westside/ Eastside presentation of site options is tentatively planned for June 2015.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Kristin Quayle, Communications Coordinator
CRD Corporate Communications
Sandra Russell, Communications Manager
City of Colwood
Ritchie Morrison, Communications
Township of Esquimalt