Educational materials form an integral part of planning for Wastewater Treatment. Education ensures the public is aware of and understands the issues that directly affect them. The CRD has a commitment to ensuring informational material is shared with as many people as possible, that it is pertinent to the issues concerning wastewater management and that it reflects the concerns of the public.
Through education, we can all become more aware of issues which affect treatment, such as how you can help become part of the wastewater treatment solution. Our public education strategy involves a number of methods for information dissemination, including:
- our interactive website
- paid and earned media
- public/stakeholder meetings and presentations
- public outreach, educational tours, enquiries and correspondence management
- informational brochures and materials
The CRD is committed to a transparent, open communication process which utilizes a wide range of methods and tools. This commitment will continue and extend to the life of the project as further information becomes available.
Public education includes a three step engagement process, which features educational open houses, community dialogues/validations and neighbourhood based workshops, which will all be taking place throughout 2009.
Public Engagement in Esquimalt on the McLoughlin Option
Two open houses were held on July 6 and 8 at Esquimalt Municipal Hall, from 3-8pm, to provide residents with information on the new McLoughlin Option. This option, which forms part of Amendment 8 to the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan, will see the construction of a centralized wastewater facility at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt.
- Esquimalt Wastewater Update (Newsletter: Issue 4) (PDF )
Open Houses in the Core Area: Procurement Models for Wastewater Treatment
Two open houses were held on February 10 and 11 in the Core Area to provide residents with information on procurement options under consideration for the wastewater project.
Open Houses in the West Shore & Core Area
Two open houses were held in January in the West Shore to provide education materials for residents on the proposed treatment site for a West Shore facility.
Two open houses and a stakeholder workshop are being held in February for Core Area residents, to provide education materials on the procurement models under consideration by the CRD.
- West Shore Wastewater Update (Newsletter (Issue 3) (PDF )
Core Area Open Houses
Two open houses were held in October to educate residents on Option 1A.
- Core Area Wastewater Update (Newsletter Issue 2) (PDF )
Open Houses & Neighbourhood Based Workshops:
Saanich East-North Oak Bay
Three Open House sessions and three Neighbourhood Workshops took place in June-July in Saanich East-North Oak Bay.
- SENOB Wastewater Update (Newsletter Issue 1) (PDF )
Community Dialogue Sessions: Core Area Municipalities
Five Community Dialogue sessions took place in the month of April in communities in the region's Core Area. These sessions gave residents a chance to engage with facilitators on questions related to wastewater treatment.
Open House Sessions: Core Area Municipalities
A series of Open Houses are took place in late March, early April 2009. These information sessions took place in communities in the region's Core Area, gave residents an opportunity to ask questions about the three distributed treatment strategies, engage with consultants and give feedback.
519 residents in total attended the seven Open House sessions, which took place in Colwood, Esquimalt, Fairfield, Langford, Oak Bay, Saanich and Victoria.
Spring Educational Materials
- How Wastewater Treatment Works (PDF )
- Frequently Asked Questions Brochure (PDF )
- Source Control Brochure (PDF )
Print Materials: Education Campaign
In March 2009 the CRD launched an education campaign centred around resource recovery strategies when planning for wastewater treatment.
- Read the CRD's March 2009 Educational Newspaper Insert (PDF )
Publication: Innovation Magazine
From Waste to Resource: Shifting Directions in Wastewater Management in the CRD (PDF )
In December 2008 Innovation Magazine Published an article by Rick Corbett and Dwayne Kalynchuk on resource recovery and wastewater management in the Capital Region. Corbett and CRD Environmental Services General Manager make the case for using wastewater as a resource when planning for treatment in the Core Area municipalities. The CRD's current education campaign will help residents to understand some of the options available, and how they might be integrated into Core Area wastewater operations.
Household Mailer sent to CRD residents welcoming feedback
Information sent to CRD residents requesting feedback (PDF )
In late May, the CRD distributed a four-page mail piece to residents to provide information on the wastewater treatment initiative and ask for public feedback. Approximately 300 people replied using the provided comment card.