Financing strategy takes shape for implementing replacement sewage treatment plants in Metro Vancouver


Reference Panel provides Metro Vancouver Finance Committee with advice on a path forward

Metro Vancouver is faced with a $1.4 billion financing decision on HOW to proceed with replacement of the existing Lions Gate and Iona Island treatment plants that serve the North Shore and Vancouver sewerage sreas, respectively.

In November 2009, the Metro Vancouver Board considered the recommendation of its Waste Management Committee and referred the matter to the Finance Committee for guidance on how to move forward .

Wrestling with the Financing Challenge

During the period January through April 2010, the financing challenge has been the top item on the Finance Committee’s agenda. At two of the three monthly meetings, the Liquid Waste Reference Panel has reported out.Kim stephens - 2008 (120p)

“Our role is to provide informed and independent advice. We are in a position to do that because we are neither staff nor hired guns. We are community-based. The Reference Panel was appointed by the Board and we report directly to the regional politicians,” states Kim Stephens, Chair.

Sequencing of Construction

Metro vancouver reference panel - christianne wilhelmson“We have recommended that Metro Vancouver resolve to complete Lions Gate by 2020; and further, that Metro Vancouver complete Iona Island at the earliest time after completion of Lions Gate,” states Christianne Wilhelmson, Co-Chair. “The region needs to start now to complete front-end tasks that will ultimately expedite completion of Iona Island.

Mayor greg moore (70p)“This approach gives Metro Vancouver the flexibility to go faster, but does not strap us in if the senior governments do not come to the table with financial support. In the absence of a financial guarantee, this approach puts the ball in our court with respect to timing,” stated Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore at the April meeting of the Finance Committee.

Links to previous stories on Water Bucket

Metro Vancouver Reference Panel presents Final Report on region’s Liquid “Resource” Management Plan (July 2009)

Alignment with the “Canada-wide Strategy” establishes timeline for new treatment plants in Metro Vancouver (December 2010)

Metro Vancouver considers financing options to pay $1.4B cost for two replacement sewage treatment plants (January 2010)

Metro Vancouver wrestles with the challenge of how to finance the $1.4B cost for two sewage treatment plants (March 2010)

Metro Vancouver moves closer to deciding on strategy for implementing replacement Lions Gate and Iona Island sewage treatment plants (April 2010)

Aerial view of iona island sewage treatment plant (360p)