Schedule of the Wastewater Project
Implementation of wastewater treatment will take time. The CRD is dedicated to thorough research and investigation of treatment strategies before deciding on a wastewater treatment model. Using solid research and community consultation will help us choose a treatment program that will minimize social, economic and environmental impacts of the project and maximize opportunities. Our region can achieve a wastewater management program that earns accolades from around the world.
It is expected to take about 10 years to complete the required first stage works of wastewater management, including:
- Land acquisition and zoning
- Program development
- Facility planning
- Design, construction and commissioning
Subject to land availability and decisions on sludge management, the McLoughlin Point plant and the biosolids management facility are expected to be in operation by the end of 2016.
- Amendment 8 to the The Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan has now been submitted to the Minister of Environment. Details of the plan are available on the siting page. The CRD will now concentrate on issues surrounding the central facility at McLoughlin Point, Saanich East attenuation tanks and the location of an Energy Centre, either at Hartland Landfill or at another suitable location. A business case for procurement is also expected this spring.
- Three distributed wastewater management options were developed by the CRD's consultants. It is intended that over the next months these strategies will be discussed and debated, with input from the CRD Board, Staff, the Consulting Team, the Province, the Peer Review Team and members of the public.
- A series of Discussion Papers were finalized and are available for reading in our Archived Documents. Plain language summaries of each paper are available in our
Current Research section. New papers will continue to be added as they are finalized.
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- A progress report on the Distributed Wastewater Management Strategy was submitted by June 30, 2009; a final strategy and formal amendment to the Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) is due by December 31, 2009.
- The Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee has chosen to focus on a single option as the preferred system configuration for further analysis. A second option will be retained as a backup configuration in the event that land acquisition is unsuccessful for the primary option. Read more about the siting details of the chosen option.
Wastewater Management has been divided up into several stages. As the treatment process develops, this information will be updated to provide residents with the latest on our progress.
Phase One: The Decision Process
This phase is now complete.
Phase Two: Program Development & Facility Planning
The CRD is currently completing phase two. This phase has seen the development of an internal team and mechanism for decision making, as well as an external consulting team. The external team includes professionals in the areas of wastewater engineering, business / finance, environmental science, archaeology, community planning and First Nations consultation. Their role is to assist the CRD staff in the detailed planning of the Program.
Phase Three: Design & Phase Four: Construction & Commissioning
These phases will depend upon the analysis and conclusions from the work in Program Development. Given the complexity and the scale of this Program, the CRD needs to consider all of the avenues available for implementation, particularly given the active construction market in Western Canada.
Phase Five: Operation
Operation could see either the CRD operate the entire wastewater management system or could involve the use of a private sector partner to operate specific components. An example of this could be the operation of the Biosolids Management Facility. In this case, the CRD may combine the design and construction with a defined operational period, under a design-build-operate delivery.© Top images courtesy of Evan Leeson