Victoria, BC– Westside Solutions (the Westside Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery Select Committee), today announced the location of 20 potential wastewater treatment sites in the westside communities. These sites represent the full list of potential sites developed through technical analysis.
“These are the locations that are technically possible given site size, proximity to infrastructure, resource recovery potential and other considerations,” said Westside Select Committee Co-Chair Barbara Desjardins. “We would like residents to review sites and give us their thoughts.”
The sites are grouped into six “nodes” across the westside, comprising:
- two sites in Langford,
- two sites in South Colwood,
- four sites in Central Colwood,
- five sites in North Colwood,
- ·one site in View Royal, and
- four sites in Esquimalt with one site in Esquimalt Nation.
Westside Solution options for wastewater treatment and resource recovery could be any combination of 1 - 4 sites. The intent of providing these sites is to give the public a more comprehensive look at what possible opportunities there are for narrowing sites and scenarios. Further public input will help the Westside Select Committee decide which sites and treatment scenarios to put forward for a more detailed technical and costing analysis over the summer.
“Community input will be a key consideration in determining which sites will be put forward for further technical analysis over the summer,” notes Westside Select Committee Co-Chair Carol Hamilton. “Community members can provide valuable local knowledge about what conditions they feel would need to be met for a facility to be acceptable on a given site.”
Profiles of the sites are available at www.westsidesolutions.ca. It is possible for each identified site – or a combination of sites when the profile indicates otherwise – to accommodate secondary or tertiary treatment and handling of solids for flows that are currently being pumped out the Macaulay outfall.
The sites and scenarios will be presented at a public open house planned for June 24th at the Delta Ocean Point Hotel’s Harbour Room in Victoria. This will be a joint event with the Eastside Select Committee, who will also present their site groupings and scenarios.
A Westside Solutions online feedback form will be available at www.westsidesolutions.ca starting June 24. The public will be invited to review the sites and scenarios as well as the complete list of sites on the website to provide feedback at that time.
Throughout the summer months, Westside Solutions will continue to post news and events items to its website, and distribute information updates through municipal facilities and public events. For more information, visit www.westsidesolutions.ca. For details on the Eastside Select Committee public feedback process, visit www.crd.bc.ca/eastside.
Colwood, Esquimalt, Langford, View Royal and Songhees Nation, with the support of the CRD, are working together to find a westside solution to wastewater treatment and resource recovery.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Kristin Quayle, Communications Coordinator
CRD Corporate Communications
Sandra Russell, Communications Manager
City of Colwood