Monday, July 19, 2021 – An upgrade to the Sooke Wastewater Treatment Plant will soon provide modern, reliable services that further meet the needs of people living in the District of Sooke and members of the T’Sou-ke Nation.
“As B.C. recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important that we build the critical infrastructure people want and need to create local economic opportunities, protect the land and water, and advance meaningful and lasting reconciliation,” said Premier John Horgan. “Upgrades to this facility will deliver the services that people living in the District of Sooke and members of the T’Sou-ke Nation count on and will ensure these communities remain strong and vibrant, while contributing to cleaner waterways and a healthier environment.”
The Province is contributing $4.6 million toward the estimated $6.58-million project, with the District of Sooke providing the remainder of the cost.
“Our government is making strategic infrastructure investments to improve people’s quality of life, while supporting post-pandemic economic recovery and job creation,” said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “Improvements to the Sooke Wastewater Treatment Plant align with our CleanBC goals, make way for future community growth and help the District of Sooke and the T’Sou-ke Nation in their efforts to preserve the local environment for years to come.”
The existing sewage treatment plant will receive structural and mechanical upgrades, and the local wastewater collection system will be extended to increase sewer capacity. This will provide these communities with the infrastructure necessary to accommodate future residential and commercial growth, while improving the water quality in the Sooke basin.
“This investment will help improve the health and safety of our community and the surrounding environment,” said Maja Tait, mayor, Sooke. “Enhancing wastewater infrastructure is an essential factor in successfully managing our community’s long-term growth for generations to come.”
The District of Sooke is experiencing steady population growth. It is a popular tourist destination and a community that offers people a high quality of life.
“With these upgrades, the people of the T’Sou-ke Nation will be able to do away with aging septic fields, which will contribute positively to the health of our community and the natural environment,” said Chief Gordon Planes, T’Sou-ke Nation. “This project reflects our commitment to preserving our ecosystems and fostering sustainable economic growth that will ensure that future generations can enjoy our beautiful waterways and coastlines for many years into the future.”
The project is soon to enter the design phase, with completion expected in fall 2023.