A total of CAD$459 million (USD$343.8 million) has been pumped into a wastewater plant in the Capital Regional District (CRD) by the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia (BC). The project will not only create employment, but also take on regional challenges as well as safeguard the government. Construction will begin in April on the redesigned McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Esquimalt Township.
“The Government of Canada recognises that we need a solid partnership with all orders of government to support the infrastructure that will prepare us for the future and create the good, well-paying jobs to help the middle class grow and prosper today,” Minister of Infrastructure and Commnities, Amarjeet Sohi, said. “Investing in this Capital Regional District wastewater treatment solution is an investment in our environment and, in the longer term, the jobs and livelihoods of those working in British Columbia’s aquaculture industries.”
But this not the only integrated project – there are another two projects coming up, bringing up the estimated total to CAD$765 million (USD$573.1 million to install an effective, state-of-the-art wastewater treatment system servicing the CRD’s core districts.
The other Wastewater Treatment Project also consists of the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, which will give the wastewater tertiary-level treatment for the core district and comes with a pipeline that runs from McLoughlin Point to Ogden Point, and a new marine outfall to transport water to the Juan de Fuca Strait; a Residual Treatment Facility located in the Hartland Landfill, which will treat leftover solids and turn them into “Class A” bio-solids; and a conveyance system that will transport wastewater across the core districts into the treatment plant, and the leftover solids to the Residual Treatment Facility.
The project will be completed in 2020, and all CRD businesses and residents will have access to a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment system that is both calibrated to suit their needs a long time into the future, and environmentally-friendly and sensitive as well.