Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board approved the recommendations put forward by the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project Board (CAWTPB) which will form Amendment 11 of the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan.
This decision follows a report from the CAWTPB recommending that liquids treatment be located at the McLoughlin Point site in Esquimalt and solids processing be located at Hartland landfill in Saanich. The plan includes a process to develop an integrated resource management solution for the region’s waste and a commitment to advance studies for a wastewater treatment proposal in Colwood. The capital cost of the approved plan is approximately $765 million.
“The proposal that was approved today is a better project than the previous plan at McLoughlin Point. It includes a higher level of treatment for less cost, it considers community feedback with regards to set backs and public access, and looks at climate change mitigation strategies and sea level rise. With all of this taken into consideration the CRD Board felt that this is the right and responsible proposal to move forward with,” said CRD Board Chair Barbara Desjardins.
The report came after an extensive review of previous technical work and consideration of public consultation reports. It is based on a Business Case which describes the proposal and implementation strategy and includes a detailed project budget.
“We are pleased with the manner in which the Project Board reviewed the previous materials and their insights leading to new improved outcomes in their plan. I would also like to thank the Province, and particularly Minister Fassbender, for their support and expertise throughout this process to assist us in reaching a decision today,” said CRD Board Chair Barbara Desjardins.
The CRD will submit the revised plan and new business case to the Provincial and Federal governments for financial and regulatory approval.
Updates from the CAWTPB can be found on the Project Board webpage. The Project Board can also be reached through an email form on the CRD website.
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