The majority of Colwood households (about 70% of the current population) are on septic systems. When properly maintained and situated, septic systems are an environmentally friendly and economical option. Properties with septic systems pay the Capital Regional District Onsite Sewage Parcel Tax which allows the CRD to monitor for safety of septic systems. Read more about Septic Systems in the CRD.
Municipal Sewer Service
Just 30% of existing Colwood households are currently hooked up to sewer service. These property owners pay a sewer user fee to help keep the almost 40,000 m of pipes and infrastructure. including 8 lift stations in safe working order. The City’s system also services commercial properties including, Royal Roads University, DND lands, two golf courses, schools, and the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre.
Please protect our sewer systems. The only items that should be flushed are human waste and toilet paper. Wipes and other personal care items can damage sewers, which can mean expensive repairs for you and other taxpayers. Read more: Sewer Savvy - What NOT to flush
Connecting to Sewers in Colwood
Properties that are adjacent to existing sewer lines may inquire about paying to connect. There are several steps involved when requesting a sewer connection:
1. The property owner submits an application and application fees;
2. City staff process the application - mapping the location of the property and existing sewer services;
3. City staff draft a bylaw for the connection which is then presented to Council for three readings;
4. At a following meeting, Council gives fourth reading which triggers a work order for the City to install the connection.
The typical cost to have the City connect the sewer line to the property line is approximately $9100, plus the additional cost of between $3000 - $5000 to extend the line to the home and decommission an existing septic system.
Peititioning for a sewer line extension
Many properties in Colwood do not have sewer lines nearby, which is why the majority of homes are on septic service. For these property owners, connecting to sewers is currently only possible by petitioning neighbours to assess interest in paying for pipe extensions by establishing a Local Area Service.
Read the Sewer Backgrounder page to learn more about the history of sewers in Colwood, how to connect and future plans for sewers in Colwood.
Central Sewer Extension 2016
In 2016, the City will undertake the expansion of the Central Sewer Local Area Service along a designated area between Hatley Park Mall on Sooke Road and a section of Metchosin Road. Property owners adjacent to the extended sewer will have the opportunity to connect to sewer service. Get all the details on the Central Sewer Extension.
Regional Sewage Treatment Plans
The CRD Wastewater Treatment Project will provide tertiary treatment for wastewater from the core area municipalities of Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich, Oak Bay, View Royal, Langford and Colwood, and the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.
The Wastewater Treatment Project is being built to meet the provincial and federal regulations for treatment by December 31, 2020. Read more on the CRD Wastewater Treatment Project website.