The regional district is considering a June referendum — likely the 18th — to seek approval for the Area A south sewer project, which aims to address the impact of failing septic systems.
Because Cumberland has withdrawn from the project, phase one will deliver sewer services to about 950 homes in the core areas of Royston, Union Bay and the Kilmarnock neighbourhood.
Grant funding is expected to contribute more than $28 million, which leaves residents responsible for about $19.3 million, says Kris La Rose, the CVRD’s manager of liquid waste planning.
Cost per connection has been reduced from $25,800 to $20,250 for residents, assuming funding goes through with P3 Canada (a federal Crown corporation) and the Union of B.C. municipalities.
Annual operation and maintenance costs are expected to be $618 per connection. If property owners opt into a 30-year repayment period, the cost will be about $160 per month per house. Residents can also choose to pay a lump sum.
Shortlisted sites for a wastewater treatment plant are Briardale Road, Ebtide Road across from Lynn-Maur, Beacon Creek or K’omoks First Nation land. Residents had an opportunity to state their preference at a Wednesday open house about the project.
Pump stations are necessary in Royston, Kilmarnock and Union Bay for phase one. Each location has a preferred and alternate option. The district is in the process of consulting with residents to determine the optimal location. Residents’ input will be taken into consideration when the project team makes a final decision.
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