• How the Pride of Independence led to playing catch up for Essential Services

  • Project Components:
    Planning, Conference Presentation, Wastewater
How the Pride of Independence led to playing catch up for Essential Services
2016 BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) Conference

KWL's Gillian Woodward made a presentation at the BCWWA conference in Whistler, BC.


Pinecrest Estates (PE) is located approximately 20 km southwest of Whistler, in Area D of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD).  In the fall of 2014, PE commissioned Kerr Wood Leidal Associates to undertake an audit of the local/onsite wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) because it had been unable to meet the permit effluent BOD and TSS limits for many months.  Subsequently, due to the concerns that arose from the WWTP, the water treatment plant was also audited.  Both audits identified several deficiencies.

A review of the history of operations and the current condition of the infrastructure made it clear that a professional level of management would be required to optimize community health and safety and to provide short- and long-term O&M prioritization as well as overall infrastructure planning.  This expertise and the specific time commitment would not be available from PE’s volunteer strata council members.

One of the potential avenues resulting from the future operator/management discussion was that future operator(s) could be managed by the SLRD, as is being done for other small communities in SLRD Area D.  The SLRD could provide the professional level of understanding of sewer and water infrastructure to manage the operator and be responsible for the asset management and capital planning long term.  PE approved by a ¾ vote to transfer ownership of the infrastructure to the SLRD.  This was followed by a petition process that resulted in the creation of service area bylaws.  The transition was completed on January 1, 2016.

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