The sewage treatment facility in Sechelt B.C. offers a good example of what can be done to both deal with an area's waste water and water shortages

Sechelt sewage program makes sense

Colwood resident hopes CRD takes a good look at Sunshine Coats town's treatment example

It is long past time for us to start to look at water as the very valuable renewable resource that it is. Not in the traditional sense that water is truly renewable in the natural way that nature provides, but rather as a closed cycle within our own use-and-reuse grasp.

As the space program has proven, potable water derived from human waste is a really valuable resource where closed cycling of this precious commodity is essential. This same essence is available to us in a form of certain types of waste water treatment that create reusable water by relatively simple techniques.

In Europe, where one country’s waste stream into a river is another country’s potable water source, it is evident that closed-cycle water reuse is a really viable solution to water shortages.

I am not an expert on water reuse technology, but the waste water treatment system in Sechelt B.C. seems to have all the critical elements and the right answers to the treatment dilemma that is bedevilling the Capital Regional District.

The Sechelt treatment plant is across the street from a very nice residential area, and from what I understand, its presence has actually increased the property values of homes in the area. It is a really nice sight, a great big greenhouse with lush plants growing and not a whisper of malodour.

Not surprisingly, the plant is based on European waste water treatment technology. There is no smell and the effluent water could be used for many non-potable requirements.

Hopefully, the newly provincially-mandated committee of experts dealing with the CRD project will consider the Sechelt system as a viable solution to two issues, waste treatment and water shortages. It seems the politically hog-tied CRD waste water treatment steering group could not see this simple solution if they tripped over it in broad daylight.

And to think some people think that municipal amalgamation would be a good thing, just look at the multi-million dollar debacle of the CRD sewage treatment plan. It is ludicrous for me to believe that our local politicians have the knowledge and experience to plan anything, much less a multi-billion dollar albatross.

Bruce Morrison,

P.Eng. (retired)


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

Just Posted

Saanich man killed in Alberta shooting

Victim is 30-year-old Greater Victoria man, say police

West Shore Parks & Recreation to unveil new indoor sports complex by end of January

Grand opening of sport court and turf field planned for Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.

Province rejects two ride hailing operators in Greater Victoria

Two smaller companies rejected in CRD; Uber and Lyft approved in Vancouver

Saanich’s plastic bag ban won’t be affected by the Supreme Court ruling against Victoria

Council amended Saanich’s ban to align with the B.C. Court of Appeal’s ruling in November

Powerful Russian folk trio makes triumphant return to city

Trio Voronezh back on Victoria stage for first time since appearing at Coupe Mondiale in 2013

Fashion Fridays: The basics you need for your body type

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

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

Ucluelet and Tofino mayors call for “calmness” and “empathy” as highway closure cuts communities off from supplies

Ministry of transportation expects to open road for “essential travel only” from noon-8 p.m. Friday.

Was Bigfoot just spotted on a Washington State webcam?

Sherman Pass is rougly 70 kilometres south of Grand Forks, B.C.

B.C. employer health tax wins ‘paperweight award’ for red tape

Businesses forced to estimate payroll, pay new tax quarterly

Red Carpet Valentine’s event will aid Sooke charities

This is a chance to have that “red carpet” experience

New U.S. LNG terminal near northwestern B.C. town proposed

AlaskCAN International LNG wants terminal just over Canadian border, but using B.C gas

Couple wonders who’s in a Cariboo photo that’s been hanging in their home for years

Charles and Lynn Dick believe the image was taken at the 70 Mile Road House

‘I would not go’ to China says B.C. traveller concerned about coronavirus

Alice Li said she goes to China every other year but would scrap any travel plans

Most Read