CRD says wastewater treatment plant for Greater Victoria now in operation

The Capital Regional District, alongside the Government of Canada and the Province of BC, has announced that the new wastewater treatment plant is now in operation.

In a press release issued on Tuesday, the Capital Regional District (CRD) said that not only is the new Wastewater Treatment Project now operating, but it is also exceeding regulatory requirements.

The new treatment plant provides wastewater treatment for the core area municipalities of Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich, Oak Bay, View Royal, Colwood and Langford and the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.

According to the CRD, the project totalled $775-million[1] and took approximately four years to build after being approved back in 2016.

The Wastewater Treatment Project consists of three main components, says the Capital Regional District:

  • The McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Esquimalt, which provides tertiary treatment to the core area’s wastewater;
  • The Residuals Treatment Facility located in Saanich at the Hartland Landfill, which turns residual solids into Class A biosolids; and
  • A conveyance system, which carries wastewater from across the core area to the treatment plant, and residual solids to the Residuals Treatment Facility.

The treatment project was built to meet federal and provincial regulations for wastewater treatment, the CRD says.

“This project has been years in the making and I’m very pleased we are meeting our regulatory requirements to treat wastewater,” said Colin Plant, Board Chair of the CRD.

“This is the largest infrastructure project in the region’s history and is a demonstration of our commitment to protect our ocean and our environment,” he added.

According to the region, the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant can treat 108 megalitres of wastewater per day to a tertiary level – the equivalent of 43 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

This volume of wastewater treatment is one of the highest levels available, which exceeds the regulatory requirements, adds the CRD.

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