Three letters on Esquimalt

McLoughlin plant will soon be too small

Beth Burton-Krahn
Times Colonist
July 02, 2010

Under the section on “objectives for procurement” in the business case presented to the province in hopes of securing funding for the Capital Regional District’s proposed core area and West Shore wastewater treatment program it is stated: The plans will accommodate future growth through a flexible, distributed system.

But now, in the 11th hour and after four years and $20 million spent on studies, the CRD has done an about-face and we are back to square one: A gigantic, centralized sewage treatment plant on a tiny, rocky outcrop at the mouth of Victoria Harbour.

Residents of the entire CRD will be paying for this plant long after the region has outgrown it. Estimates are that once it’s up and running by 2016, it will be good for about 15 years.

We are about to build the biggest public works project the city has seen in recent years, and it will be too small within 15 years of building it. If that isn’t flushing the taxpayers’ money down the toilet I don’t know what is.

Beth Burton-Krahn

Vancouver sewage plant on harbour

Warren McIntyre
Times Colonist
July 02, 2010

A writer asks, “Would Vancouver locate a sewage treatment plant in Stanley Park below the Lion’s Gate bridge?”

Metro Vancouver has operated the Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant under the north approach span of the bridge since 1961. It provides primary treatment to wastewater from approximately 174,000 residents of West Vancouver and North Vancouver.

It lies on the north shore of Burrard Inlet and is visible from Prospect Point in Stanley Park as well as to passengers on ships passing under the bridge. It also is visible from trains travelling between North Vancouver and Squamish.

Warren McIntyre
Cobble Hill

Esquimalt, region shafted on sewage

Peter Justo, Times Colonist
July 02, 2010

Re: “McLoughlin Point is the obvious choice,” June 29.

What a load of biosolids Coun. Judy Brownoff is trying to feed the citizens of Esquimalt and everyone in the CRD.

Brownoff writes that “McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt became the obvious choice.”

Obvious to everyone perhaps, except the citizens of Esquimalt. Between April 22, 2009, and today, there were eight workshops, open houses and consultations held regarding the Saanich/North Oak Bay site, plus a direct dialogue session with the waste management committee.

In the same time frame, Esquimalt was granted two events of dubious value.
I suggest Esquimalt was the obvious choice all along and that the $20 million spent on consultants, peer reviews, printed propaganda and open houses everywhere except in Esquimalt were a waste of tax dollars.

Now that the decision has been made, we in Esquimalt will be treated by CRD staff to a presentation of the fait accompli.

Finally, there is the question of biosolids (also known a sludge). Imagine building a pipeline from McLoughlin Point to the Hartland landfill. That is something that should raise concerns in communities other than Esquimalt.

Peter Justo