The Saanich Peninsula wastewater treatment plant is a secondary treatment plant with the capability to produce Class A biosolids for beneficial use. The plant commenced operation in 2000, replacing three individual CRD sewage treatment plants that were constructed in early 1970’s. In 2011, the Saanich Peninsula wastewater treatment plant heat recovery system was commissioned. The system recovers thermal energy from the treatment plant effluent and supplies hot water to heat the Panorama Recreation Centre pool. The system displaces the need for natural gas to heat the pool, thus significantly reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from Panorama Recreation Centre.
In 1996 a local service for sewage treatment was established and is authorized and administered under Bylaw 2388.
The Saanich Peninsula Wastewater Committee provides community input for the delivery of sewage collection and wastewater treatment. This service is managed and operated by the CRD Integrated Water Services Department.
The Districts of North and Central Saanich, the Town of Sidney, the Airport Authority and the Tsaycum and Pauquachin First Nation make up the boundary for the service as outlined on the following Service Area Maps:
The Saanich Peninsula Wastewater Treatment Plant budget is formalized through an annual CRD Financial Plan and is funded by Tax Requisition on behalf of the residents in the Service Area.