CRD To Receive Feasibility Report Of Tunnelling To Pipe Sewage Across Esquimalt Harbour

By Andrea Boyes
CFAX 1070
Sep 22, 2010

CRD ENGINEERS ANTICIPATE A REPORT WITHIN THE NEXT TWO OR THREE WEEKS ON THE FEASIBILITY OF TUNNELLING, TO PIPE SEWAGE ACROSS THE MOUTH OF ESQUIMALT HARBOUR TO A TREATMENT PLANT SOMEWHERE ON THE WESTSHORE

IT WAS CONFIRMED AT A LENGTHY MEETING OF THE REGION’S SEWAGE TREATMENT COMMITTEE THAT A WESTSHORE OPTION FOR THE PLANT IS STILL ON THE TABLE, BUT IT WOULD COST SEVERAL TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MORE THAN MCLOUGHLIN POINT, AND IT MIGHT BE COST-PROHIBITIVE BECAUSE OF THE DIFFICULTY DELIVERING SEWAGE THERE. BUT SENIOR STAFF ASSURED THE COMMITTEE THE IDEA IS BEING STUDIED THOROUGHLY

DESPITE THAT THE COMMITTEE DECLINED TO PASS A MOTION PUT FORWARD FROM ESQUIMALT COUNCIL THAT A DETAILED BUSINESS PLAN BE PREPARED ON THE WESTSHORE OPTION

ESQUIMALT MAYOR BARB DESJARDINS IS DISAPPOINTED

“I have a concern as Mayor Saunders put forward, with moving toward procurement, we talk about the flexibility of allowing new sites, but clearly proponents are concerned that, that won’t occur so we are sending mixed messages, and this motion was meant to clear that up”

SUPPORTERS OF THE WESTSHORE OPTION SAY A SITE COULD BE FOUND THAT’S LARGE ENOUGH TO HANDLE RESOURCE RECOVERY ON SITE, RATHER THAN TRUCKING OR PIPING SLUDGE TO THE HARTLAND LANDFILL.

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