RICKTER SCALE: Waste water and wasted dollars

"I think we should all be flushed with pride and give ourselves a pat on the tush."

With every twist and turn in the never-ending saga of how the rest of the region will deal with its sewage, I say a silent prayer of gratitude mixed with a sense of smugness because I live in Sooke.

By the time Mr. Floatie first surfaced on our shores, Sooke was well on its way to its own cost-effective sewage treatment plant. That has spared us the excruciating pain of trying to wrap your head around how the Capital Regional District managed to waste millions of our tax dollars on studies, reports, plans, land purchases and a CEO that  appears to have accomplished as close as you can get to nothing.

Whether the representatives we sarcastically refer to as the CRD brain trust can come up with a plan that actually works, those of us in Sooke are so freaking fortunate to be far removed from that particular stench.

Fortunately for us, the aforementioned Floatie’s brand of effluence peddling never made it into the discussion when our leaders were hammering away at our own plans for dealing with our sewage.

Although it hurt our strata a little to cough up the cash to pay for sewers and hookup, it was more like tearing the Band-Aid off in one fell swoop, rather than the death by a thousand cuts our neighbours in other parts of the region are sure to face.

I usually dole out praise to our former councils with the world’s tiniest eyedropper, but they should be applauded for getting it right the first time and sparing us what ails them elsewhere.

Now the Mirror’s crack crew is reporting that we may have to deal with a decision on whether to continue trucking our unmentionables to the landfill, or to jump on the tertiary bandwagon if that’s what comes to pass as the CRD plods along inexorably towards its final solution.

Reading that no matter what happens, we’re only paying about $20,000 a year to truck it off to Hartland brought on another happy dance.

The CRD probably spent twice that much covering coffee and parking during the latest round of meetings. We can all breathe a little easier that the worst case scenario is nothing like the problems that plague the big city folks down the road. Twenty grand? It’s hard to fathom that’s all it cost to transport our yearly yield of sludge all the way from Sooke to Saanich. More reason to count our blessings or do praise the sewage gods, depending on your religious leanings.

Personally, I think we should all be flushed with pride and give ourselves a pat on the tush for how quickly we have evolved into such poop-thrifty creatures. It looks like we came out smelling like roses in the end.

•••

Rick Stiebel is a semi-retired journalist and Sooke resident.

 

 

Just Posted

Woman charged in Saanichton stabbing

One man treated for injuries, released from hospital following Friday assault

Sooke’s First Nations have Iroquois links

References to the proud Iroquois race tend to make one think of… Continue reading

Avid Victoria cyclist’s legacy bike ride helps fund end-of-life care

2019 Denis Muloin Ride for Palliative Care invites cyclists for May 26 fundraiser

Funnyman coming to the West Shore

Comedy and television staple Billy Gardell performs at Elements Casino

Police-run Youth for Change and Inclusion camp bids fond farewell to tireless directors

Founder Sgt. Paul Brookes has run camp empowering youth and creating leaders for 16 years

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Growing wildfire prompts evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several day, but grew substantially Sunday

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to B.C.

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone charity weekend in Kelowna

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Most Read