Cost of building, operating treatment facility not worth the money

May I recommend that readers give their most careful attention to Denise Blackwell’s letter (CRD wastewater must be treated, July 25)

May I recommend that readers give their most careful attention to Denise Blackwell’s letter (CRD wastewater must be treated, July 25) regarding the “anticipated” cost of the CRD’s planned sewage plant. Is she speaking as a lawyer, a financial expert or just a visionary planner?

May we ask if she has thoroughly examined the implications of “Part 2 – Prohibitions and Authorizations” of the Environmental Management Act 2003 and taken account of the Environmental Management Amendment Act of 2004 or noted that the Municipal Sewage Regulation that she cites was repealed in April this year and replaced by the new Municipal Wastewater Regulation?

The value and intent of these complicated pieces of legislation will cost far less to test in the courts than even the day-to-day running costs of her mammoth sewage works.

The spending of over $1 billion on an unnecessary sewage plant in British Columbia will no longer be ignored in isolation by the world’s financial markets.

I challenge Denise Blackwell to produce full and thoroughly supported calculations of the CRD’s analysis of projected costs and increased property taxes.

Ralph Smith





Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Victoria council keeps its catered lunches at more than $10,000 per year

Two councillors tried to eliminate the expense, with widespread rejection

Restrictions on unrelated occupants dominates Saanich council meeting

Saanich council sends issue of unrelated occupancy limits to public hearing

High-rise hotel proposed for downtown Victoria location

A 15-storey hotel could be coming to the Fort and Blanshard streets area

Saanich starts reserve fund to enhance municipality’s urban forest

Funds will go to planting more trees support urban canopy growth, outreach

VIDEO: Trudeau insists Iran respect families’ wishes when it comes to burials

All 176 people on board the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 were killed

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Four things ‘not’ to do if you run into Prince Harry and Meghan in B.C.

Here is a list of some things you definitely should NOT do, according to the BBC

Successful end to search for kayakers along the Island river

Father and son located tired and cold, but otherwise OK

Vancouver Island man arrested after police seize suspected illicit drugs in Nanoose Bay

Car impounded after Port Alberni driver clocked travelling at more than twice the posted speed limit

Theo the 800-pound pig trimmed down and still looking for love on Vancouver Island

“He’s doing really well, lost quite a few pounds and can run now.”

Horgan unveils B.C. cabinet shuffle changes

Premier John Horgan has made three major changes to his cabinet

Dog reunited with Tofino owner, months after being taken from beach

Shannon Boothman ‘ecstatic’ at pet’s return after a tip leads to social media search

Most Read