Although Macaulay Point has been touted as the best location for the region's proposed centralized sewage plant, it is worth noting that the expert panel (paid for by the Capital Regional District) indicated that Macaulay Point, like McLaughlin Point, is too small and recommended locations on the West Shore.
The continued focus on Macaulay Point reflects its convenient location near one of the major outfalls and beside apparently empty DND lands. Couple this with a location in a municipality with little regional clout and you have the makings of an easy political decision for a contentious issue. DND lands were never available and the CRD was caught at the last minute with no real plan (i.e. no location), resulting in the seriously flawed project before us.
A more progressive approach would have fully embraced resource recovery, plant locations in areas where there are abundant nearby users (i.e. the old B.C.
Hydro plant, empty dealership lot on Finlayson Road) to efficiently tap into recovered heat and to use treated water for industrial and other applications.
This more sustainable path requires vision, innovation and political will.
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