Fraser Valley Regional District Sanitary Services - From Policies to Capital Projects

Description:Managing one public wastewater system is big enough to be someone’s career. Owning and operating three wastewater systems, committing to publicly owning all new systems from here forward, and putting in measures that ensure performance of private septic systems is the work of the Fraser Valley Regional District. The Sewer Gap Analysis project is intended to comprehensively address Electoral Area wastewater management by identifying and filling gaps in policy, knowledge and infrastructure. It also determines the allocations of the Gas Tax funding based on prioritized projects. To conduct the project, the FVRD collaborated with Urban System to consider policies, electoral area management plans and development of support tools to holistically manage wastewater within its boundaries. Issues addressed in the Sanitary Gap Analysis project include: need for regulatory oversight for private systems (whether in high-risk areas or not); cumulative impacts of septic system effluent on the receiving environment, including the health of local lakes; need for direction for highest priority steps as a local government to fulfill its environmental vision; and questions regarding the financial sustainability of systems and affordable levels of service. Highlights from the project include: 50 sanitary policies covering acquisition, levels of service, size-sustainability, governance, and finance; a regulatory gap assessment and defining a potential concurrent-authority role for the FVRD (along with Fraser Health Authority); seven Electoral Area Sanitary Sewer Management Plans; comprehensive bylaw assessment, and $1,500,000 in programs and projects to deliver sanitary sewer services throughout 13,900 square kilometers of the total regional land base.

Authors: Ehren Lee

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Tags:Fraser Valley Regional District,AC14,2014 Annual Conference,Sanitary Services,AC2014

Citation:Stream P. 12.5.

Publication Date:May 6th, 2014 Upload Date:Jun 30th, 2014

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