In BC, municipal wastewater practices are improving, but water stress is increasing due to population growth and climate change. Highly treated municipal wastewater can be reclaimed for reuse, providing an opportunity to help relieve water stress for some uses.
In some places around the world, highly treated wastewater is used directly for potable water production. However, more commonly the reclaimed water is used for specific uses, such as irrigation, which are separate from the primary water system. Sechelt is considering a wide range of specific uses for reclaimed wastewater.
The reuse of wastewater can have environmental benefits, as it can reduce the volume of water used by the primary water system. There are costs associated with reclaimed water infrastructure, as it adds another set of pipes and infrastructure; however, there can also be savings associated with reduced water consumption. Sechelt has a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant (the Water Resource Centre), which uses some treated water for plant operations and discharges the remainder to the ocean (Trail Bay).
The present survey is designed to provide information about how Sechelt could use reclaimed wastewater, gauge public opinion on these options, and collect ideas. There will be additional phases of consultation once options are better defined, costed and quantified. Any options determined to be feasible to implement and have public support will undergo a more detailed financial and regulatory analysis. It is possible that several or none of the options will be determined to be feasible.
Please take a moment to complete the two surveys below. The surveys will close on October 1 at 4pm.
Part 1 Survey
Part 2 Survey