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). The plan covers an eight-year period and will be reviewed and updated in 2018.
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).