Three Sewage Letters on Esquimalt


Esquimalt deserves compensation if treatment site
Victoria Times Colonist, 5 July, 2010


As a resident of Esquimalt, I am disgusted with the way the CRD has handled the whole sewage treatment issue.

Each community should look after its own waste. Why would the CRD wish to place a single treatment plant on a small piece of land in one of the smallest communities and on our lovely harbour. Any site should be large enough to accommodate future needs.

This is a prime piece of real estate with wonderful water views and is seen by those who enter Victoria Harbour.

What a sight to behold a—  sewage plant.

If we do get a plant on the site, every municipality should have to pay a big price to Esquimalt for having it. There has to be some compensation to us.


Celia Devitt


Sewage plant site far too risky

It’s absurd to consider building a sewage treatment plant on the rocks at the entrance to Victoria’s harbour. The tourism industry has been silent over the decision to locate it about 500 yards across from the cruise ship terminal.

The five former mayors and all their supporters railing about a marina (which will become yet another attractive asset to our city) have said not a word about Penner’s Poop Plant.

Heaven help us if we ever get a tsunami or fall prey to the Halifax experience (Google “Halifax sewage plant’ if you want to see what happened to them).

Our current political leaders have jumped aboard the treatment bandwagon when the real experts have warned it is totally unnecessary.


Bob Wheaton


Leech watershed is not the answer

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


Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff is using twisted logic to rationalize a centralized sewage treatment plan at McLoughlin Point.

The notion that the acquisition of the Leech River should somehow affect wastewater management systems and reduce the need for water recovery makes no sense.

Capital Regional District staff and experts have repeatedly emphasized that the quality of the water coming from the Leech River watershed is low and that the costs to obtain it will be high.

They have warned that augmenting the region’s drinking water supply with Leech River water would represent a risk to the water supply.

Staff and experts agree that water conservation and water recovery is the least expensive way to expand our water supply.

The core area liquid waste management committee is in denial.


Geoff Murray