The CRD announced on Tuesday that a new wastewater treatment system servicing Greater Victoria has gone online.
The $775 million Wastewater Treatment Project is now treating wastewater for the municipalities of Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich, Oak Bay, View Royal, Colwood and Langford, as well as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.
Construction on the project started shortly after approval in 2016 and will be continuing into 2021 on the final components of the project.
Three main components make up the project:
- The McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Esquimalt
- The Residuals Treatment Facility located in Saanich at the Hartland Landfill
- A conveyance system for carrying wastewater from across the core area to the treatment plant, and residual solids to the Residuals Treatment Facility
The major components have been completed, while two other components — the Trent Forcemain and Arbutus Attenuation Tank — are expected to be finished by spring 2021, and will increase the conveyance system’s capacity.
The CRD says the Mcloughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant will be able to treat up to 108 megalitres of wastewater per day to one of the highest levels of treatment available.
Local residents should not notice a discernible odour in the community, and the system will be monitored and controlled 24/7, including odour control monitoring.
Funding for the project was split across three levels of government, with the feds kicking in $211 million, the province providing $248 million, and the CRD picking up the remaining tab of $316 million.