BETH BURTON-KRAHN ON McLOUGHLIN POINT: ‘A gigantic, centralized sewage treatment plant on a tiny, rocky outcrop at the mouth of Victoria Harbour’

Under the section on “objectives for procurement” in the business case presented to the province in hopes of securing funding for the Capital Regional District’s proposed core area and West Shore wastewater treatment program it is stated: The plans will accomodate future growth through a flexible, distributed system.

But now, in the 11th hour and after four years and $20 million spent on studies, the CRD has done an about-face and we are back to square one: A gigantic, centralized sewage treatment plant on a tiny, rocky outcrop at the mouth of Victoria Harbour.

Residents of the entire CRD will be paying for this plant long after the region has outgrown it.

Estimates are that once it’s up and running by 2016, it will be good for 15 years.

We are about to build the biggest public works project the city has seen in recent years, and it will be too small within 15 years of building it.

It that isn’t flushing the taxpayers’ money down the toilet I don’t know what is.

Beth Burton-Krahn

Victoria

 

CCC BLOG reprint:

Victoria Times Colonist: timescolonist.com

McLoughlin plant will soon be too small

Friday, July 2, 2010

Page A13

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