Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan

The Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan identifies what the region and its member municipalities intend to do to use liquid waste as a resource, minimize treatment costs and better protect the environment and public health. Approved by the Provincial government in 2011, the plan takes an innovative approach to wastewater, which has traditionally been viewed as simply a waste product.

Progress and updates

Every two years, Metro Vancouver reviews and reports on what progress has been made towards the plan’s goals (see Biennial Report).

Request for Extension of Comprehensive Review Cycle

The Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan identifies how Metro Vancouver and its member municipalities will continue to protect public health and the environment and identifies opportunities to use liquid waste as a resource. The Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan is authorized and regulated through the BC Environmental Management Act as the liquid waste management plan for Metro Vancouver and its member jurisdictions.

In October 2018, Metro Vancouver requested an extension of the Plan’s comprehensive review cycle from the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy. Under Action 3.5.7 of the Plan, Metro Vancouver and its members are currently required to undertake a comprehensive review of the Plan every eight years. Extending the comprehensive review cycle by two years will ensure the updated Plan aligns with actions on climate change that are currently being reviewed and the outcomes of important liquid waste management initiatives currently underway across the region.

For more information please contact the Metro Vancouver Information Centre at 604-432-6200 or icentre@metrovancouver.org.

Goals

The plan has three key goals:

  • Protect public health and the environment
  • Use liquid waste as a resource
  • Ensure effective, affordable and collaborative management

The plan also commits Metro Vancouver to replacing the region’s two remaining primary treatment plants, Lions Gate in West Vancouver (by 2020), and Iona Island in Richmond (no later than 2030).