VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 31, 2010)
- Residents of Greater Victoria have the option of choosing fully public
sewage treatment and resource recovery.
On March 31, Capital Regional District (CRD) directors gave
final approval to a business case that will see public operation in at least
five, and possibly all seven communities mandated to develop sewage treatment.
"We know there is more to do, but at this stage it is
important to acknowledge the residents and community activists who have made
their voices heard in support of public sewage treatment, and the elected
officials in the CRD who really listened," said CUPE BC president Barry
National president Paul Moist said Victoria's experience will motivate other
communities. "Greater Victoria residents stood strong against pressure from
senior levels of government to hand sewage treatment to private corporations,
avoiding a costly and risky deal. The community's better off with public sewage
treatment," said Moist.
The three-year process for new sewage treatment began in
July 2006 when the B.C. government directed the regional district to develop
secondary sewage treatment for seven communities. Following this, the
provincial government established a policy requiring the project to be reviewed
as a potential P3 as a condition of receiving provincial capital funding.
Mauricio Navarette, president of CUPE 1978 which represents
CRD workers, said that the work of CUPE's 'Keep it Public' campaign,
coordinated by Kim Manton, along with the Greater Victoria Water Watch
Coalition and the Council of Canadians has gone a long way to ensuring public
and environmentally sound sewage treatment.
More information is available at www.keepwaterpublic.ca.