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The CRD is connecting Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park washroom facilities to the Saanich sewer system.
With nearly 1.5 million visitors to the park annually, the need for washroom facilities continues to increase and improved facilities are required. Connecting to the municipal sewer will provide long-term, year-round service to the public, reduce annual operating costs and eliminate the need to truck waste from the park.
Based on existing system capacity, Saanich has requested the sewer connection occur along Pipeline Road. Construction is anticipated to begin mid-August 2017 with completion by end of 2017.
The Beaver Beach and Filter Beds washrooms will be connected to the new sewer pipe.
The CRD made an application to the Municipality of Saanich to connect to the municipal sewer because the park is outside the municipal sewer service area. Following public consultation, in August 2015 Saanich Council adopted a bylaw amendment to the Official Community Plan to extend the sewer service area to include the washroom facilities at Beaver Beach and the Filter Beds, as it represents a significant public benefit at no cost to the municipality.
During the public consultation two possible connection alignments were considered. Both options would connect the two washroom facilities with the municipal sewer. One option exits the park south to Pipeline Road. The second option exits the park east to Elk Lake Drive. Primary feedback received from the public consultation included minimizing environmental impacts and maintaining park use. Based on existing system capacity, Saanich has requested the sewer connection occur on the south option, along Pipeline Road.
Appropriate measures will be taken to minimize impacts to the environment, particularly along Colquitz River. Measures will also be taken to minimize impacts to park visitors during construction.