Welcome to the District of Tofino's webpage dedicated to information regarding the Liquid Waste Management Plan process. This page is where you will find up to date information regarding siting, meetings, community consultation and frequently asked questions.

Follow the links below to these FAQs and check back here for more ways to stay informed!

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The District’s consultant (OpusDayton Knight) is preparing the draft LWMP - Stage 3 Report which includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:

  • Summary of the LMWP Process
  • Public and First Nations Consultation
  • Environmental and Regulatory Considerations
  • Resource Recovery Options
  • Land Use, Service Area and Population Growth Estimates
  • Wastewater Flows, Quality and Design Criteria
  • Wastewater Treatment Considerations
  • Project Financing and Delivery
  • Implementation Schedule

The JLWMAC will review the draft Stage 3 Report by the end of March, 2017, after which the District will reach out to the community, First Nations and stakeholders for their input through an Open House and our online channels.

Information obtained from all parties will be incorporated into the draft report for further review and endorsement by the JLWMAC. Ultimately, the final Stage 3 Report will be adopted by Council via resolution and sent to the Minister of Environment for approval.

Grant Funding: The District of Tofino has applied to the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund for a grant of $1,530,000 for the design of a waste water treatment plant. We expect to hear back about the status of the application in March, 2017.

There will be two parts to the cost of the plant: Capital and Operating. 

Capital:  The capital cost of the plant is the cost to build the plant.  The District is assuming that 2/3 of this cost will be covered by grants and that 1/3 will be the responsibility of the District.  The annual cost of debt service for this 1/3 will be charged on property tax bill.

How to calculate your property’s portion of the capital cost:

To calculate your annual cost for the capital cost of the plant, use the following formula:  Assessment value of your property/1000 x tax rate *

Your property assessment value is on the annual notice mailed to you each year. For residential properties, you can also look up the assessment value at http://evaluebc.bcassessment.ca.

*Tax rates differ depending on the class in which your property is assessed. Please use the appropriate tax rate for your property:

Residential Tax Rate 0.4234
Business Tax Rate 1.2102

Operating Costs:  The operating costs of the plant are the annual costs incurred to operate the plant.  This will be charged on the utility bill.  Operating a wastewater treatment plant will significantly increase the “sewer” component of utility bills.  Current information indicates that this will be as much as a 97% increase.

How to calculate your portion of operating costs:

Take your last utility bill and find the Sewer Fixed Charge and the Sewer Consumption Charge. Add them together and multiply that total by 0.97.

The result will be the value by which your quarterly utility bill will increase.    

Secting a site for a waste water treatment plant is a three phase process:

Phase  1

COMPLETE

Site options and overall concepts were considered by the Joint Liquid Waste Management Advisory Committee (JLWMAC), and narrowed down to a shortlist of four sites for further examination.

Phase 2

COMPLETE

Consultants determined the high-level technical and financial information for each shortlisted site, and the Committee considered the social implications of the locations. From the short list of four sites, the Committee narrowed the selection initially to one, then – based on public feedback – added a second site, and directed consultants to gather more detailed information. DL114 and DL117 were considered for the final location.

COMPLETE

After two Open Houses, consultation with community members and stakeholders, and receipt of the “Phase 2 Assessment Report” from our consultants, the JLWMAC recommended DL117 (near the top of Industrial Way). On October 25, 2016, District of Tofino Council passed the following motion:

Resolution No. 372/16

THAT District of Tofino Council endorse DL117 as the location for the District Wastewater Treatment Plant as recommended by the Joint Liquid Waste Management Advisory Committee at the October 18th, 2016 meeting.

Phase  3

THIS IS WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW

The general location has been chosen, however a specific site on DL117 has yet to be determined. At this point, District staff and consultants are working on funding considerations, project delivery options and drafting the LWMP Stage 3 Report.  Input and feedback will be sought from stakeholders, First Nations and the community and incorporated in the draft Report. The JLWMAC will finalize the Report by recommendation, and Council will adopt the Report through resolution. The final Stage 3 Report will be sent to the Minister of Environment for approval.

In October of 2016, District of Tofino Council endorsed DL117 (near the top of Industrial Way) as the location for the District wastewater treatment plant, as recommended by the Joint Liquid Waste Advisory Committee.

District staff, consultants and the Joint Liquid Waste Management Advisory Committee continue to work toward finding an exact location and finalizing the technology to be used. 

To learn more about how DL117 was selected, including detailed site assessments and community consultation, please view the “Phase 2 Summary” available in the Resources Section below.

It is not unusual for wastewater treatment plants to be situated close to residential and community infrastructure.

Comprehensive odour control, such as influent screening and solids dewatering, is included with both of the modern treatment processes being considered for Tofino, which will significantly reduce odour risks. This means that although there is always a possibility of process upsets and fugitive odours, under normal operations outdoor odour at the treatment plant will be minor and should be negligible at the fence line.

Currently, the proposed site is a minimum of 150 metres away from residential neighbourhoods, including a 50 metre tree buffer which further reduces odour risks and limits visibility to passersby. 

 

Documents and Resources

Reports:

Community Newsletters and Information:

Joint Liquid Waste Management Advisory Committee (JLWMAC):

Other Resources: