Victoria, BC– The Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee (CALWMC) voted to begin consultation on a number of approaches to wastewater treatment in the Core Area.
The CALWMC is ready to receive public feedback on the option sets developed by the project’s engineering consultants. These option sets are high level, not detailed designs. This input will help the committee to understand public priorities, which will help to inform the direction of the Core Area wastewater project.
“We look forward to hearing from the public on the option sets and in particular the trade-offs and benefits of each option,” said Director Helps, Chair of the CALWMC. “This is not a referendum on the option sets, nor are the option sets etched in stone. We’re looking to the public to provide high level input that will be used by the elected officials to help inform our decision.”
The Core Area option sets provide differences with respect to locations of treatment, levels of service for treated water, piping and pumping, infrastructure and opportunities for water reuse and heat recovery. The public will be asked to provide input on each of the option sets and to identify what is most important to them. Residents who want to provide more detailed feedback will be able to provide input on treatment technology and resource recovery.
Residents will have a number of opportunities to participate in the conversation, including an online survey gathering input from both Eastside and Westside communities and an open house for all Core Area residents. All residents will also receive information in the mail to let them know about how to participate in the engagement process. The consultation will have separate but overlapping Eastside and Westside processes to honour the diverse needs and perspectives of each of the communities. Eastside Community Dialogues will consult the Eastside municipalities of Oak Bay, Victoria and Saanich, and Westside Solutions will engage residents of Westside communities: Langford, Colwood, View Royal, Esquimalt, Esquimalt Nation and Songhees Nation.
“Residents will have a range of opportunities to participate in both a community and Core Area conversation. The Eastside and Westside processes have been successful in responding to the unique needs of their respective communities and will continue to engage their residents,” explained CRD Board Chair Barbara Desjardins.
All of the feedback collected through the Eastside and Westside consultation processes will help inform a Core Area wastewater treatment solution. The public input will be provided as a report to Directors to guide decision-making on an amendment to the current Liquid Waste Management Plan.
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.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Lisa Helps, CRD Director Chair
Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications