CRD Board Appoints New Chair of Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project Board

Dec 15, 2017

Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has appointed Don Fairbairn as Chair of the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project Board. Don Fairbairn previously served as Project Board Vice-Chair.

Don Fairbairn has over 35 years of infrastructure development and finance experience and has held leadership positions in transportation, electricity generation, pipelines, water treatment development and implementation. He has board-level governance experience in public, non-profit and private sector organizations.

Jane Bird resigned as a Member and Chair of the Project Board effective November 16, 2017. The CRD Board would like to thank Jane Bird for her contributions to the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project during her role as Project Board Chair. She made significant contributions to the Project to implement its development and early stage of construction, providing the foundation to continue advancing the Project to meet its completion date.

The Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project Board was established in May 2016 to review wastewater issues in the CRD and oversee all work connected with the design, procurement, construction, commissioning and financing of the Project.

About the Wastewater Treatment Project

The Wastewater Treatment Project will provide tertiary treatment for wastewater from the core area municipalities of Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich, Oak Bay, View Royal, Langford and Colwood, and the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. The Project will be built to comply with federal regulations by the end of 2020, and consists of the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Residuals Treatment Facility at Hartland Landfill, and the conveyance system that will carry wastewater from across the core area to the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, and residual solids to the Residuals Treatment Facility.

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