After considering dozens of different options, the Capital Regional District is now looking at a dual plant option for sewage treatment.
One of the two plants would be located at Clover Point, the second in Esquimalt at either McLoughlin Point or Macaualay Point.
But that decision still has its detractors.
Despite the blustery winds, the crowds are not deterred from visiting Victoria’s Clover Point.
And most people wouldn’t know they are walking on top of a sewage pumping station…located underneath the parking lot.
“OK, those opposed.”
That’s why the CRD’s option for the region’s sewage treatment now focuses on an undergound plant here.
And a second at either Esquimalt’s McLoughlin Point or Macaulay Plain.
“It’s very clear in everyone’s mind that just like we did in 1976. We dug it up, put the pump station underground, covered it back up. That will be the same.”
Forty years ago, the CRD built this pumping station at Clover Point, closing off the area for almost two years during construction.
But a sewage treatment plant is significantly bigger, ten times times the size
Victoria councillor Geoff Young voted against putting a plant here.
“The preliminary estimates we have are basically in the order of 800 million for the old option, and about a quarter billion more for the new option.”
Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen says two plants could cost up to $300 million more, and is much closer to houses.
“You are the width of a road away from a major sewage plant.”
“This is the best we can do at this point,” says Helps. “And we’re going to work with the province and the private sector to make this cost come down. Because no-one wants to pay a billion dollars for this piece of infrastructure. No-one wants that.”
Helps says access to the waterfront could be maintained during construction.
And as the area is parkland, would have to be fully restored.