Central system has benefits

Distributed sewage treatment system is not more cost-effective than a central sewage treatment plant

Mr. Regier (Letters, Aug. 21)supports the notion that many smaller treatment plants are more cost effective to build than a central plant. He ignores the peer reviewed engineering analysis that shows the contrary. He also ignores the extensive network of piping systems required for a distributed system to provide the redundancies necessary to meet effluent discharge requirements and to ensure public health and freshwater resources are protected at all times.

Mr. Regier also fails to mention life cycle costs and the excessive operating and maintenance costs for a distributed system. For instance, the central treatment plant in the CRD’s approved liquid waste management plant requires approximately 15 full-time staff to operate and maintain the facility. A distributed system with 10 smaller plants would require about five full-time employees per plant for operation and maintenance for a total of about 50 full-time employees. Over 75 years, the taxpayers could pay as much as $200 million more just for labour to operate and maintain a distributed system.

The notion that a distributed sewage treatment system is more cost-effective than a central sewage treatment plant is a supposition with no solid foundation.

Tony Brcic

 

Saanich

 

 

Just Posted

Saanich’s provisional police budget under fire

Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria question why budget requests are rising as crime drops

Victoria Guard Commander leads group of snowmen after ceremony cancelled

Lt.-Cmdr. Michael Irwin wasn’t going to let a bit of snow strip him of his duties

Number of adults living with parents has doubled since 1995

9 per cent of the adult population living with one or more parent

Beauty Day spreads ‘brightness’ at Our Place

Volunteer hairdressers, estheticians, even a tarot card reader took part in the Victoria event

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Man in Vancouver Island hotel shooting pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Brandon Tyler Woody, from Victoria, to be sentenced in late March in B.C. Supreme Court

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Most Read