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Wastewater

Treatment

The SCRD provides a community service for wastewater treatment and disposal. We operate a number of small community wastewater treatment systems in Electoral Areas A, B, D, E and F. The specific wastewater collection and treatment facilities are:

• West Howe Sound (Area F) - Langdale
• Elphinstone (Area E) – Sunnyside, Woodcreek
• Roberts Creek ( Area D ) - Roberts Creek Cohousing
• Halfmoon Bay (Area B) – Curran Road, Jolly Roger, Square Bay, Secret Cove
• Pender Harbour (Area A) – Greaves Road, Canoe Road, Lee Bay, Merrill Crescent, Lilly Lake.

These facilities are financially self-liquidating and all expenses/capital costs are recovered through the collection of user fees and frontage charges for the respective facility. Any surplus funds are contributed to capital reserve and operating reserves.The sewer treatment facilities operated by the SCRD are regulated by the Provincial Government under the Ministry of Environment (Sewer systems that discharge over 22.7 m3 per day) and the Local Health Authority (Sewer systems that discharge less than 22.7 m3 per day). Most facilities require monitoring of effluent quality and sewer discharge to ensure they are complying with the permit or regulation requirements. Method of Disposal for effluent is by land or ocean outfall. System reviews are always ongoing to find cost effective ways of improving effluent quality and reducing flows to the environment (i.e. Low Flush Toilets).

New Community Systems

New community sewer systems are required to comply with the respective Ministry regulations and with SCRD Servicing Bylaw 320. In accordance with this Bylaw, persons wanting to construct a community sewer system to serve two or more parcels in the SCRD must first apply and receive approval in writing from the SCRD. This Bylaw requires that the SCRD assume ownership of any community sewer system designed to discharge over 22.7 m3 per day and reserves the right of the SCRD to take over smaller systems. The quality of effluent required for land disposal allows either septic tank quality effluent or high quality secondary effluent. The Area OCP dictates if an Ocean outfall can be used for effluent discharge and if permitted what level of treatment is required. High quality secondary effluent (10 BOD / 10 TSS) with disinfection or a higher level of treatment has been the norm.

Environmental Monitoring

Monitoring of discharge from Waste Water Treatment facilities is regulated by the Provincial Government under the Ministry of Environment (systems that discharge over 22.7 m3 per day) and the Local Health Authority (systems that discharge less than 22.7 m3 per day). Treatment facilities range from septic tank quality effluent to high quality secondary effluent with disinfection.

Discharges under 22.7m3 per day.
Treatment Facilities installed before 2004 are operated under a permit issued by the Local Health Authority. Monitoring of effluent quality, discharge and sampling is not required. These facilities are regularly maintained by Waste Water Technicians to ensure they are complying with the permit regulations.

Treatment Facilities installed after May, 2004 are required to be registered under the new Sewer System Regulations. Under these regulations, facilities are required to be monitored in accordance with the Sewage System Standard Practice Manual. As part of a required Maintenance Plan, there are minimum monitoring intervals to check flows and quality of effluent. At this time, we do not own or operate any faculties registered under this regulation.

Discharges over 22.7m3 per day.
Liquid Waste facilities in this category are operated by permit or regulation under the Waste Management Act. All of these are required to provide secondary or high quality secondary treated effluent and regular monitoring of quality and flows. Typically for most facilities, flows are monitored weekly and the effluent sampled quarterly to ensure discharge meets the requirements of the permit or the regulation.