WATCH: Calvin To has more on the work that’s underway on the CRD’s wastewater treatment project.
Work on the Capital Regional District's wastewater treatment plant is well underway.
On Monday, crews blocked off a portion of Niagara Street in Victoria to use as a staging area to assemble a sewage pipe.
The pipe, when completed, will run from Ogden Point to the new wastewater treatment plant being built at McLoughlin Point.
The construction on Niagara Street will last for six weeks and is happening months ahead of schedule.
"This is the big one. There will be a lot of disruption along Dallas Road and at Clover Point for the construction of the Clover Point pump station, but in terms of having a giant pipe down the middle of a residential street, this is going to be the most disruptive part," said Victoria mayor Lisa Helps.
The entire project will be completed by December 31, 2020, and consists of three main elements:
- The McLoughlin Point wastewater treatment plant
- The residuals treatment facility
- The conveyance system
"Right now, the core area discharges untreated sewage into the Strait of Juan de Fuca," said project manager Elizabeth Scott. "What we'll be doing is treating all of that wastewater to a tertiary treatment level. So that reduces a lot of compounds of concern, a lot of pharmaceuticals. And we'll be providing a capacity to treat wastewater up to the 2040 estimated population."
The next big disruption will take place in June when portions of Dallas Road will be subject to partial closures to allow for the installation of a pipe from Ogden Point to Clover Point.
That part of the project will take about two years to complete and will also see the addition of new pedestrian pathways, a separated bike lane and a public viewing plaza. Under the current plan, some parking spaces will be removed.