Tofino is flushing out its wastewater treatment plans and hopes to officially stop pumping raw sewage into the ocean by the end of 2024.
During Dec. 5’s Committee of the Whole meeting, the district’s major capital projects manager Simon Kirkland told the town’s municipal council that construction contracts have been executed and work crews have mobilized at the facility’s future home on District Lot 117 with trailers, offices and storage facilities set up.
Tuff City Bike Park was closed on Dec. 5 and is now being dismantled to facilitate the sewage facility’s construction.
Kirkland said construction contracts were signed in August and site clearing work had largely been completed along with roughly 80 per cent of the planned rock blasting.
“The team is anticipating that we should be finished rock blasting by the end of 2022, which is good news for surrounding residences,” he said.
He said a perimeter road around the site is roughly 50 per cent complete and building foundation preparations are underway.
“Constructing this road…allows for significant ease of construction for staging materials and equipment as we go into the middle to construct the facility,” he said.
He added job descriptions are being written up for the staff that will be required to operate the facility once it’s completed and the district hopes to have help wanted ads in circulation early next year.
In January, construction crews are expected to initiate conveyance work at First Street Dock as they work their way up to District Lot 117.
“We’re finalizing work plans and getting ready to set out public communications for the upcoming conveyance and outfall works, which is planned to commence early in 2023,” he said.
With work on the long awaited facility finally underway, Kirkland expressed his appreciation for “every single person that ‘s been involved in this project over the years.”
“Without all of the hard work from everybody, we wouldn’t be at the position we are right now as a community,” he said.
Coun. Tom Stere was happy to see the project progressing.
“This is really exciting…This is beyond words really,” he said. “The communication aspect of this is going to be key in the excitement of it and to keep that momentum building.”
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