The Capital Regional District is working with the Magic Lake Estates Water and Sewer Local Services Committee to address the issues facing the aging and failing sewer infrastructure in Magic Lake Estate (MLE).
The condition of the MLE wastewater infrastructure has been documented in past reports and presented at a number of Public Open Houses held on November 22, 2014, June 6, 2015, and February 27, 2016.
In March 2016, the Electors of the MLE sewer system approved borrowing of $1.53 million to complete Phase 1 upgrades to the system which included:
- Construction of Chart Drive Pump Station and Forcemain
- Construction of the replacement sewer along the south-east side of Buck Lake
- Condition assessment of the Schooner Wastewater Treatment Plant aeration tank
- Video inspection and condition assessment of all the sewer pipes
Other infrastructure needs to be repaired or replaced in order to comply with Ministry of Environment permits. The CRD and MLE Sewer Committee have prepared three options of various phasing of upgrades for the community to consider. This information was presented at an Open House on April 27, 2019 which was attended by approximately 125 people. Feedback from the public was received until June 2, 2019 and the total number of forms received (by hand, email and electronically), totalled 133.
A summary of the responses received are documented in the Public Feedback Summary Report (see Additional Resources).
The CRD Board, at their July 10, 2019 meeting, directed staff to implement a referendum process under Section 344 of the Local Government Act and that the General Voting day be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019.