The District of Sooke’s new wastewater treatment system, developed in partnership with EPCOR, is reducing contaminants and providing environmental benefits to Sooke Harbour.
A recent study by the Capital Regional District reveals that the community’s sewer system has reduced contamination of Sooke Harbour by fecal coliform bacteria caused by failing residential septic systems. Hundreds of these systems were decommissioned following the completion of the sewer system in 2005. The CRD’s study noted that “fecal coliform levels are lower since the wastewater treatment plant and conveyance system became active.”
The underwater studies also reveal that the marine outfall structure has created new marine habitat for native fish and ocean plant life in Juan de Fuca Strait.
“Cleaning and protecting the water around Sooke was a central goal with the wastewater treatment facility,” said Sooke mayor Janet Evans, “This environmental monitoring by EPCOR and the CRD proves that we’re on the right track.”
Developed as a partnership between the District of Sooke and EPCOR, the system serves 5,500 residents. The $22.7 million project was delivered on budget and six months ahead of schedule. The District maintains ownership of the asset, with EPCOR providing operational expertise.