Welcome to the District of Tofino's webpage dedicated to information regarding the Liquid Waste Management Plan process. This page is where you will find up to date information regarding siting, meetings, community consultation and frequently asked questions.

Follow the links below to these FAQs and check back here for more ways to stay informed!

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The District of Tofino has submitted an application to the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to aide with the design of a wastewater treatment plant. 

There will be two parts to the cost of the plant: Capital and Operating. 

Capital:  The capital cost of the plant is the cost to build the plant.  The District is assuming that 2/3 of this cost will be covered by grants and that 1/3 will be the responsibility of the District.  The annual cost of debt service for this 1/3 will be charged on property tax bill.

How to calculate your property’s portion of the capital cost:

To calculate your annual cost for the capital cost of the plant, use the following formulas:

DL114 (Community Hall):   Assessment value of your property/1000 x tax rate *  
DL117 (Industrial Way):      Assessment value of your property/1000 x tax rate *

Your property assessment value is on the annual notice mailed to you each year. For residential properties, you can also look up the assessment value at http://evaluebc.bcassessment.ca.

*Tax rates differ depending on the class in which your property is assessed. Please use the appropriate tax rate for your property:

  DL 114 Community Hall DL 117 Industrial Way
Residential Tax Rate 0.3745 0.4234
Business Tax Rate 1.0704 1.2102

Operating Costs:  The operating costs of the plant are the annual costs incurred to operate the plant.  This will be charged on the utility bill.  Operating a wastewater treatment plant will significantly increase the “sewer” component of utility bills.  Current information indicates that this will be as much as a 97% increase.

How to calculate your portion of operating costs:

Take your last utility bill and find the Sewer Fixed Charge and the Sewer Consumption Charge. Add them together and multiply that total by .97. The result will be the value by which your quarterly utility bill will increase.    

At the regular meeting held October 25, 2016, District of Tofino Council endorsed DL117 (Industrial Way) as the location for the District Wastewater Treatment Plant, as recommended by the Joint Liquid Waste Advisory Committee at their October 18th, 2016, meeting.

District staff, consultants and the Joint Liquid Waste Management Advisory Committee continue to work toward finding an exact location and finalizing the technology to be used. 

The map below shows two locations that the District considered for a WWTP at DL114 (orange and red) and DL117 (blue and green). Each location has two overlapping footprints shown: the larger footprint is Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) technology and the smaller footprint is Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR). Each footprint has corresponding coloured “buffer rings” to indicate the distance from the outside of the plants to various features in our community.

While the District has not made final decisions on either technology or or exact locations, this map provides an indication of the area of land that modern treatment plants need.

It is not unusual for wastewater treatment plants to be situated close to residential and community infrastructure.

Comprehensive odour control, such as influent screening and solids dewatering, is included with both of the modern treatment processes being considered for Tofino, which will significantly reduce odour risks. This means that although there is always a possibility of process upsets and fugitive odours, under normal operations outdoor odour at the treatment plant will be minor and should be negligible at the fence line.

Currently, the proposed sites are a minimum of 150 metres away from residential neighbourhoods, including a 50 metre tree buffer which further reduces odour risks and limits visibility to passersby. 

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