Victoria residents worried as construction for $765M sewage plant begins

April 18, 2017 at 11:20 , by admin

Odgen Point Breakwater in Victoria looks across the harbour to Esquimalt, the host municipality for a new wastewater treatment plant that will end the controversial practice of dumping raw sewage into the ocean. YAHOO CANADA NEWS/Showwei Chu

James Bay resident Deanne Loubardeas has been fretting about the sewage treatment plant project that’s getting underway just across Victoria harbour from her home.

Construction begins this month for the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, a $765-million Capital Regional District (CRD) project that will serve Greater Victoria and end the controversial century-old practice of dumping untreated sewage into the ocean.

Residents of James Bay, like Loubardeas, now face months of drilling and trenching for sewer pipes that will connect a pump station to the plant across Victoria harbour. It has left residents feeling uncertain about the future of their community, uncertain of what the James Bay breezes will bring from the treatment facility a kilometre away in Esquimalt.

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