The province has announced it will be contributing $4.6 million to upgrades to the Sooke Wastewater Treatment Plant for future community developments.
The upgrades will include structural and mechanical upgrades to the existing treatment plant, and an extension to the local wastewater collection system.
The project is expected to cost an estimated $6.58 million.
Upgrades will bring necessary infrastructure to the district for future residential and commercial growth while improving the Sooke basin water quality, according to the province.
The District of Sooke is experiencing steady population growth, according to the release. They say the area is a popular tourist destination and has a high quality of life.
“Our government is making strategic infrastructure investments to improve people’s quality of life, while supporting post-pandemic economic recovery and job creation,” said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs in the press release Monday.
“Improvements to the Sooke wastewater treatment plant align with our CleanBC goals, make way for future community growth and help the District of Sooke and the T’Sou-ke Nation in their efforts to preserve the local environment for years to come.”
Improvements to the treatment plant are also aimed to aid the people of the T’Sou-ke Nation, who have aging septic fields.
“With these upgrades, the people of the T’Sou-ke Nation will be able to do away with aging septic fields, which will contribute positively to the health of our community and the natural environment,” said Chief Gordon Planes, T’Sou-ke Nation in the release.
The T’Sou-ke Nation also says the upgrades align with their commitment to preserving the ecosystems and creating sustainable, economic growth.
The project will soon enter the design phase, with completion aimed for fall 2023.