Company paid for sewage pilot project

Re: “Colwood wants out of region’s sewage plan,” Feb. 13.

Thank you for the clear and balanced reporting of Colwood’s request for an amendment to the Core Area Liquid Waste Management plan. However, one important correction must be made in regard to the “sewage treatment pilot project” mentioned in the article.

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Colwood did not spend $700,000 on a pilot project. Ledcor spent that amount within our community on the field test of their electro-coagulation system. Colwood agreed to provide a location for the test and spent only about $4,000 on the project.

Ledcor conducted a successful month-long field test and was satisfied with the results. A further field test was done in another community in B.C., and the system is now operational in at least one location in Arizona where it treats special wastes.

The project is one of several that has increased Colwood’s international profile with companies and institutions working on new technologies.

We encourage citizens of the region to review the description of Colwood’s sewage-treatment proposal at www.colwood.ca for answers to Capital Regional District committee chairman Geoff Young’s questions presented in the article. The information there provides full details about the proposal, which describes tertiary wastewater treatment with no ocean outfall, as well as Colwood’s commitment to delivering a sustainable system that will meet and exceed all applicable regulations while bearing all costs, risks and revenues.

Carol Hamilton

Mayor, City of Colwood

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