Wastewater Treatment Sites & Facilities
Siting of wastewater treatment plants is a complex endeavour, involving a host of scientific and technical factors such as noise, odour, land use, geotechnical surveys, biology, archaeology and energy efficiency.
The CRD is working towards completion of this work under extremely tight timelines, while also maintaining its commitment to engage with First Nations and consult with stakeholders and the public. The CRD's goal is to ensure that our treatment facilities are sustainable and meet the needs of the region over the long term.
The CRD Board passed Amendment 8 to the Liquid Waste Management Plan on June 23. This amendment contains significant changes from the previous system configuration for wastewater treatment in the region's Core Area. A centralized treatment model has been adopted, with ability to expand this system in the future.
The central facility will be located at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt, the site of a former oil tank farm. For details on the McLoughlin Site, please read more at Esquimalt Siting.
The Capital Regional District Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee has selected a revised configuration for wastewater treatment which will be substantially less costly than previous system designs, and which will allow for continued resource recovery opportunities as well as future system flexibility. The system configuration will include a centralized, liquids only treatment facility at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt.
The McLoughlin Option: System Details
- Facility Locations:
- Liquids only treatment plant at McLoughlin Point and effluent outfall
- Biosolids processing facility at the Hartland Landfill or another suitable location
- Underground storage tanks in Saanich East
- Upgraded grit capturing facilities and pumping stations at Clover Point and Macaulay Point
- Upgraded Craigflower pump station
- Cost: $782 million
- Annual Operating Costs: $14.5 million
- Annual Resource Recovery Revenues: $3.1 million by 2030
- Annual Carbon Offsets Potential: 18,500 tonnes from gas and heat recovered from wastewater
The CRD has passed through a number of stages while planning for wastewater treatment facility siting. Read about Amendment 7 and the previously considered options on the Siting History page.