Victoria mayor, council keep options open on sewage plan

The City of Victoria is working on a sewage treatment solution that does not necessarily involve the CRD

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps is open to giving up government funding for a regional sewage treatment plan if it means finding opportunities for cheaper technology and different sites.

The City of Victoria is working to make a sewage treatment plan work with the CRD, but it is still keeping its options open, said Helps.

The city is not only contributing to a region-wide solution, but it is also looking into a Victoria-only option.

“My preference is that we can get along with our neighbours and find a way to bring this project to completion in a collaborative and forward-looking way,” said Helps. At the same time, I am committed to finding a solution that is cost-effective and long term. We’re keeping our options open.”

This may mean giving up the government funding.

“There are a lot of restrictions that come with certain pots of funding, and I would like to try to meet those, but at the same time, we’ve got to be realistic. Do we chase money, or do we create long term, cost-effective solutions?”

“We’ve got to truly be open to things that we might not have thought of before in terms of sites or conveyancing. If we can come up with cheaper technology, different sites, less conveyancing, the project itself may not cost that much.”

The CRD approved a timeline for sewage treatment that will not see it completed until 2023 or 2024, yet still follows the funding deadlines set by the provincial and federal governments.

“I think we can get things done before then, if only because we have to,” said Helps.

There may be opportunities to shorten the timeline, including in the procurement and construction processes, said CRD chair Nils Jensen.

“There’s never a guarantee when you have seven communities around the table trying to wrestle with a very complex issue and moving parts.

 

Just Posted

Victoria BC Transit driver taken to hospital after assault

Driver attempted to stop an altercation between two people on the bus

Art takes a personal tone during the 110th anniversary of the Victoria Sketch Club

The 47th annual art show is taking place until March 24

CRD’s 2019 financial plan includes 23 per cent increase for capital projects

Housing, health care and wastewater projects included in 2019 plan

How a scrawny kid from Oak Bay bulked into one of rugby sevens’ best

Doing it for Dylan, Oak Bay’s Connor Braid at the top of his game

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

Permit rejected to bring two cheetahs to B.C.

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

Real-life tsunami threat in Port Alberni prompts evacuation updates

UBC study says some people didn’t recognize the emergency signal

Care providers call for B.C. seniors’ watchdog to step down

The association also asks the province to conduct an audit and review of the mandate of her office

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from B.C. roaster recalled due to botulism scare

“If you purchased N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill … do not drink it.”

Short list for new gnome home includes Parksville, Coombs

Five potential locations have been chosen by Howard’s owners who will decide Tuesday

B.C. man gets award for thwarting theft, sexual assault – all in 10 minutes

Karl Dey helped the VPD take down a violent sex offender

Most Read