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Governments invest in CRD wastewater infrastructure

Posted on March 17, 2017

The governments of Canada and British Columbia are investing a total of approximately $459 million in wastewater infrastructure investments in the Capital Regional District (CRD).

Construction gets underway in April on the redesigned McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Township of Esquimalt. The $385 million project is being funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia and the CRD.

This is the first of three integrated projects totalling an estimated $765 million to put in place a modern, efficient wastewater treatment system for the CRD’s core area. The Wastewater Treatment Project includes:

  • The McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, which will provide tertiary treatment to the core area’s wastewater and includes a pipeline from Ogden Point to McLoughlin Point and a new marine outfall for treated water into the Juan de Fuca Strait;
  • A Residuals Treatment Facility at the Hartland Landfill, which will turn residual solids into “Class A” biosolids; and
  • A conveyance system, which will carry wastewater from across the core area to the treatment plant, and residual solids to the Residuals Treatment Facility.

The Government of Canada is contributing up to $120 million through the Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component towards the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant; and up to $50 million through the Green Infrastructure Fund towards the conveyance system project. The Government of British Columbia will provide up to $248 million towards the three components of the project. P3 Canada will provide up to $41 million towards the Residuals Treatment Facility through the P3 Canada Fund. The Capital Regional District is providing $306 million for the three project components and will be responsible for any additional costs.

Once all project components are completed by the end of 2020, CRD residents and businesses will have a modern wastewater treatment solution that is environmentally sensitive to the surrounding marine ecosystem, and will serve their needs well into the future.

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