CALWMC Selects Two-Plant Treatment Option; Will Work with Province in Planning Phase

Mar 09, 2016

Victoria, BC– The Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee (CALWMC) selected a two-plant treatment option as a base case to form a conditional amendment to the 2010 Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP).

The option selected as the base case consists of a two-plant system, with a treatment plant at Clover Point in Victoria, to be buried under the park, and a plant at McLoughlin Point or Macaulay Plains in Esquimalt. These sites will be referred to the respective councils to seek approval in principle prior to submitting an amendment to the 2010 plan. There are also provisions for a plant on the Westside to be phased in for future growth at a location to be determined in consultation with Westside communities.

“Is it a perfect way forward? No. But we’ve moved past the deadlock of 8-8 failed votes,” said CALWMC Chair Helps, “today the committee found compromise and took key steps forward in displaying our commitment to delivering sewage treatment for the Core Area.”

While the CRD continues the detailed planning work on the base case option, a parallel process will begin under which the CRD will invite the private sector to submit project concepts to evaluate against the option submitted as the conditional amendment. This allows the project to remain open to innovation and new concepts from the private sector while planning continues.

"We will encourage the private sector to bring forward solutions or alternatives that are innovative, cost effective, financially backed, proven and meet the regulations. This two-pronged approach allows us to move forward at the same time as ensuring maximum cost-effectiveness for the taxpayer,” said CRD Board Chair Desjardins.

Prior to today’s CALWMC meeting, CRD Board Chair and CALWMC Chair met with Provincial Environment Minister Mary Polak and Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Peter Fassbender, to discuss the direction of the project. The Province agreed to help facilitate a path forward to ensure sewage treatment occurs within the federal and provincial timelines. The Province is the regulatory body overseeing the LWMP and has committed to contributing up to $248 million to the project after it becomes operational.

"We want to thank the Province for their offer to facilitate and help in the next steps, where we canvas the private sector to look for cost effective solutions rather than conceptual estimates from engineers,” said CRD Board Chair Desjardins.

Following today’s meeting, the CRD will submit a conditional amendment to the LWMP. After working through the process of further soliciting for private sector innovation, the plan could be again updated.

Provincial support for a plan is required to be submitted to PPP Canada by March 31, 2016 as a condition to securing the PPP Canada portion of the federal funding grants.

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