Maliview Wastewater System Infrastructure Upgrade

The Capital Regional District (CRD) is planning to upgrade the Maliview wastewater system to comply with provincial requirements, federal wastewater regulations and the Fisheries Act. As part of the planning process, the CRD is engaging with residents located within the Maliview sewer service area (“ratepayers”).

Virtual Open House

A virtual open house took place on March 23,24 and 25, 2021.  The open house provided an overview of the upgrades and borrowing options for the treatment centre.

You may view the following materials at any time: 

Feedback Form

Thank you for completing the feedback form. Your feedback is very important and will inform recommendations to the Commission and ultimately the CRD Board.   

Background

The Maliview Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is a 60 m3/day Rotating Biological Contactor (RBC) secondary treatment plant that discharges treated effluent into the marine receiving environment of Trincomali Channel.

The Maliview WWTP has been experiencing challenges in consistently meeting regulatory requirements. Environment Canada (EC) officers inspected the Maliview WWTP on August 22, 2019 and collected effluent samples for toxicity testing. The samples failed both LT50 and LC50 Rainbow Trout lethality analyses as well as contained approximately 1.5 times greater ammonia concentration than the acutely lethal concentration to rainbow trout. The CRD has been issued provincial notices from the Environment Canada Enforcement Branch.

The CRD has implemented the first two phases of the action plan to enhance the facility and bring it into regulatory compliance, including:

  • operational optimizations
  • engineering study and conceptual design for the WWTP                   

The final phase of the correcting action plan will be to complete the construction upgrade of the Maliview WWTP by the end of 2022. The total estimated cost of construction is $2,210,000. The CRD has submitted a federal/provincial grant for up to 90% funding. If successful, the grant will reduce the amount required for borrowing to $210,000. The estimated new debt will be funded from 94 lots within the service area. An electoral assent process will be used to determine the borrowing options. 

Maliview ratepayers are being consulted on the options to borrow, as well as the following two options to obtain borrowing consent:

Alternative Approval Process (AAP) is most commonly used in relation to long‑term borrowing bylaws as it is a less expensive option than using a referendum. Unless 10% of the affected electors sign a counter-petition opposing the bylaw, the bylaw to borrow will obtain approval to proceed. An AAP would take approximately six months, and would cost approximately $20,000.

Referendum Process is used to seek approval by assent of the electors, where a majority of the valid votes are counted in favour of the bylaw to fund a project. Typically, a referendum question is developed and then reviewed by the Inspector of Municipalities at the province, requesting the electors to approve the borrowing of a specified amount of funds for the project. A referendum would take approximately seven months, and would cost approximately $60,000. Under current COVID conditions, referendum costs have escalated.

An advance poll is typically held in the week prior to the referendum voting date. Absentee (mail-in) ballots are permitted under the Local Government Act, but the Maliview Sewer and CRD Board would determine this for the referendum.

Either costs associated with obtaining electoral assent will be borne by the Maliview sewer service area.

For more information, please contact:

Karla Campbell, Senior Manager
Salt Spring Island Administration
Tel: 250.538.4300