The sprouting sewage treatment plant off of the shores of Esquimalt at McLoughlin Point is rising both in stature and cost.
In a report going forward to the Capital Regional District’s (CRD) Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee, staff predicted a change in the millions for operations and maintenance, as well as requisition costs.
Operating and maintenance costs are predicted to rise by nearly $5 million from a 2016 prediction for 2021, bringing the total up to $20 million.
These increases are due to chemical cost increases, which sit around $2.9 million, and and increase in costs for biosolid disposal methods, which has increased by $1 million, as well as other forecasted operation cost changes totaling $800,000.
These shifts, paired with a $2 million asset replacement reserve deferral, brings the total requisition and invoicing costs for the project from $40 million to $42.7 million, a seven per cent increase.
This report comes forward four months after the CRD approved a $10 million increase to the project, bringing the control budget up to $775 million.
Amendments to the project’s financial plan will come forward for ratification at a board meeting in August.
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