Canada’s Central Saanich launches major sewer system overhaul as infrastructure reaches end of lifecycle

(UI) — The much-anticipated replacement of the Brentwood Bay sewer system has commenced, marking one of the municipality's largest infrastructure endeavors. Handling roughly half of Central Saanich's wastewater, including flows from the W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip) First Nation, the aging system is due for an overhaul after reaching the end of its lifecycle.

With critical components of the system flagged for replacement following condition assessments, the $12.4 million project becomes a crucial undertaking for the District. The replacement, financed in part by the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program with $5.8 million allocated due to its environmental significance, aims to safeguard the local environment.

The project encompasses the installation of new main pipes in the roadway and sewer service connections for properties. Spanning 4,270 meters of sanitary sewer mains along Sluggett Road, Wallace Drive, and Stellys Cross Road, the improvements include the addition of new bike lanes along Wallace Drive.

"The Brentwood Bay sewer project will increase the region’s wastewater management capacity and safeguard the local environment while also installing new bike lanes for the community," stated the Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver.

Anne Kang, Minister of Municipal Affairs, highlighted the project's role in fostering sustainable communities: "This critical upgrade ensures Brentwood Bay and the W̱JOȽEȽP First Nation have a reliable wastewater system they need to grow."

Mayor Ryan Windsor emphasized the project's importance for community resilience: "The Brentwood Bay sewer system manages around half of the municipality's wastewater; this critical project will make our community more resilient."

Minor detours and traffic impacts are expected during the construction phase.

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