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Liquid Waste Management Plan Update


​​Phase 2 engagement open until July 4, 2024​

Share your feedback on the future of wastewater management in the region and learn about ways that you can support the health of our rivers and ocean. We want to hear from you on the Liquid Waste Management Plan Update.​

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Metro Vancouver is reviewing and updating the Liquid Waste Management Plan.

Our current Inte​grated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan, approved by the provincial government in 2011, established the coordinated approach for wastewater management in the Metro Vancouver region. It sets out goals, strategies, and actions for Metro Vancouver and our member jurisdictions that help ensure the protection of public health and the environment, while using wastewater as a resource and minimizing treatment costs.

Metro Vancouver is updating the plan to:

  • Continue protecting human health and the environment
  • Reflect current and emerging societal priorities
  • Maintain alignment with legislation
  • Align with a broad range of other critical wastewater management initiatives underway across the region
  • Incorporate improved technologies and new scientific developments

The review and update process started in 2021 and is expected to take three years. It will be supported by robust community engagement.​



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Community engagement

Your opinion counts

Metro Vancouver is committed to engaging individuals and organizations who may be impacted by or have an interest in the plan update. Metro Vancouver will invite the following people and organizations to provide feedback during all phases of engagement:​

  • First Nations​
  • Government and regulatory agencies, provincial and federal governments, member jurisdictions, adjacent regional districts, crown corporations, and health authorities
  • Commercial, institutional, and industrial wastewater generators, and owners/operators of private liquid waste collection, processing and treatment businesses
  • Industry and business associations, professional associations, and academic institutions
  • Community, environmental, and non-profit groups, NGOs, youth and students
  • Metro Vancouver residents



Phase 1 (complete)Phase 1 (complete)<div class="ExternalClassB5D5244265EF445486923580D5F3B4AD"><p>The purpose of Phase 1 engagement was to:</p><ul><li>Review the current liquid waste management plan and identify successes, opportunities for improvement, and gaps.</li><li>Develop a vision, goals and guiding principles for the updated liquid waste management plan.</li></ul><ul class="fa-ul"><li><span class="fa-li"><i class="fa-light fa-video"></i>​</span><a href="" target="_blank">Watch the public webinar recording, November 9 & 16, 2021​​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end"></span></a></li>​ </ul></div>
Phase 1 - What we heardPhase 1 - What we heard<div class="ExternalClassB25A61C58D5544F897B8F7FF8831E7E3"><p>The first phase of public engagement took place between October 25 and November 30, 2021. During this time, we listened to ideas and gathered feedback on the direction for the next plan.</p><p>Your feedback will inform Phase 2 engagement, which includes developing draft goals, strategies, and actions for the updated plan.</p>​ <ul class="fa-ul"><li> <span class="fa-li"><i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span><a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/lwmp-public-engagement-phase-1-summary-report.pdf" target="_blank" title="Phase 1 Public Engagement Summary Report">Phase 1 Public Engagement Summary Report</a></li>​ </ul><p>Based on your feedback so far, we’ve heard ​some key priorities for the next plan. We’re thinking about ways to achieve these priorities in the next plan, and working on them now as part of projects and improvements already underway.</p> ​​ ​<table class="uk-table uk-table-small uk-table-divider mv-border-sepia mv-table-heading-sepia mv-table-border uk-table-striped"><thead><tr><th>Priority</th><th>​​What we’re doing</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>​​ <p>Improve local ecosystem health for agricultural, recreational, and Indigenous uses</p></td><td>​​ <p>We’re responding:</p><p>In the next plan, we will continue to control sources of conventional contaminants — such as oils and heavy metals — while exploring ways to manage emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and microplastics. Recognizing that wastewater treatment plants are a potential pathway for pollutants to enter into the environment, but not the primary source of pollutants, we continue our efforts to reduce or eliminate hard to treat pollutants at their source. We will work with provincial and federal regulators on source management strategies, for example, advocating for further regulation of chemicals from industrial producers.</p><p>We’re engaging with Indigenous Nations to understand their perspectives and priorities for the next plan, including those around water quality in our streams, rivers, and ocean.</p><p>We’re working to reduce the amount of stormwater that enters the wastewater system through improperly connected home and business storm drains, and through cracks in sewage pipes and joints – which contributes to <a href="/services/liquid-waste/sewer-overflows" target="_blank">sanitary sewer overflows</a>. Possible solutions include financial incentives for municipalities and the public to help manage stormwater and public education campaigns on homeowner responsibilities for the sewer pipes on their property.</p> <br> <p>What else we’re doing:</p><ul><li>Partnership with the Ocean Wise Conservation Association: We’re working to better understand the amount of <a href="/microfibres" target="_blank">microfibers</a> in our aquatic environment and where they are coming from, both at our wastewater treatment plants and at a laundry machine testing facility.</li><li>Wastewater treatment plant upgrades: We’re making major <a href="/services/liquid-waste/projects-and-initiatives" target="_blank">improvements</a> to our wastewater treatment plants to protect water quality and the marine environment to better achieve our vision of healthy waters, all while meeting the needs of our growing population.</li><li>Public education: We will continue to develop call-to-action public education campaigns about <a href="/media-room/video/594854944" target="_blank">laundry</a> as a major source of microplastics, what household items should <a href="/media-room/video/537475492" target="_blank">never be flushed</a>, and working to <a href="/media-room/video/219238337" target="_blank">manage stormwater</a> on residential property. More are being developed all the time to address emerging issues.</li><li>Innovation programs: We are testing the <a href="" target="_blank">use of biorock</a> to protect marine life and coastal infrastructure.</li></ul></td></tr><tr><td><p>Be resilient to climate change</p></td><td>​​ <p>We’re responding:</p><p>In the next plan, we’re looking at new ways to better manage stormwater, as the intensity and volume of storms continue to increase due to climate change. We will look at ways to better integrate green ​infrastructure into regional and municipal development planning. Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and other approaches to retain and clean stormwater before it is released into groundwater, streams, and rivers — rather than overwhelming urban sewer infrastructure.</p> <br> <p>What else we’re doing:</p><ul><li>Wastewater treatment plant improvements: We are <a href="/services/liquid-waste/projects-and-initiatives" target="_blank">improving our wastewater treatment plants</a> to adapt to sea level rise from climate change and better manage our wastewater system during wet weather and storms.</li><li>Stormwater management: Current and future work to better manage stormwater and <a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/inflow-and-infiltration-fact-sheet.pdf" target="_blank">inflow and infiltration</a> through green infrastructure and other approaches helps to free up sewer system capacity and protect our wastewater system during wet weather and storms.</li><li>Water and energy reduction: We are reducing water and energy use at our wastewater treatment plants to minimize our impact on climate change.</li><li>Wastewater as a resource: Four of Metro Vancouver’s <a href="/services/liquid-waste/recovering-resources-from-wastewater" target="_blank">wastewater treatment plants</a> use wastewater to generate heat, electricity, or renewable natural gas.</li></ul></td></tr><tr><td><p>Ensure everyone has access to clean waterways, including future generations</p></td><td>​​ <p>We’re responding:</p><p>The next plan is being framed around the vision: <em>Healthy Waters. For All. Forever</em>. We know that collaboration is key to the success of the plan. We are engaging Indigenous Nations, community, environmental, and non-profit groups, youth and students, industry, as well as residents and businesses to make sure we understand the needs and concerns of all the communities that depend on our local waterways.</p> <br> <p>What else we’re doing:</p><ul><li>Environmental management and monitoring: Metro Vancouver regularly <a href="/services/liquid-waste/wastewater-testing-and-environmental-monitoring" target="_blank">tests and monitors</a> treated wastewater, areas where treated wastewater enters local waterways, the overall health of the aquatic environment, and recreational beaches.</li><li>Wastewater treatment plant upgrades: Three of Metro Vancouver’s five wastewater treatment plants have planned upgrades to tertiary treatment, which goes above and beyond regulatory requirements and will improve the quality of treated wastewater that goes into our rivers and ocean.</li><li>Real-time sewer overflow map: We provide <a href="/services/liquid-waste/sewer-overflows" target="_blank">real-time information</a> about sewer overflows so that people can make informed decisions about their activities near the areas where these events occur.</li></ul></td></tr><tr><td><p>Keep rates affordable and fair</p></td><td>​​ <p>We’re responding:</p><p>In the next plan, we will implement approaches to make sure that actions are cost-effective. We will begin to develop a long-term plan for upgrading and improving the wastewater system so that improvements are achievable and affordable in the long-term.</p> <br> <p>What else we’re doing:</p><ul><li>Cost-effectiveness is considered when planning and developing new projects and improvements, to ensure that we are making the most efficient use of available funding.</li><li>Wet weather pricing: We are implementing new initiatives where members with higher wet weather contributions will pay more, and, as a result, those with lower wet weather contributions pay less, incentivizing action on inflow and infiltration management.</li></ul>​​<br></td></tr></tbody></table>​</div>
Phase 2 - Engagement (Underway)Phase 2 - Engagement (Underway)<div class="ExternalClass843F95E867284756AF45FD378BED5C55"><p>In this second phase of engagement, Metro Vancouver will seek input to develop draft goals and actions for the next plan. Phase 2 public engagement is​ open from June 13 to July 4, 2024. </p><p>How to engage:</p><ul style="list-style-type:none;"><li>​​​<a href="" class="uk-button mv-button">Take the survey</a>​<br></li><li> <a class="uk-button mv-button" href="" target="_blank">Attend a webinar</a> (June 26, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm)</li><li> <a href="" target="_blank">Email the team</a> to share a comment or ask a question​</li></ul><p>We are also working closely with First Nations to ensure that Indigenous perspectives and priorities are well incorporated into the next plan.​<br></p></div>
Public Advisory CommitteePublic Advisory Committee<div class="ExternalClassBF9053AE82F248C6869EABE9BC3975B1"><p>The Liquid Waste Management Plan Public Advisory Committee will provide expert knowledge and relevant experience to inform the review and update of the plan. The committee will report out to Metro Vancouver’s Liquid Waste Committee after the second engagement phase. Potential topics for engagement with the advisory committee include managing rainwater and stormwater, managing and treating wastewater, managing assets and risk, innovation, affordability, and collaboration and engagement.​​<br></p><ul class="fa-ul"><li> <span class="fa-li"> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span> <a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/lwmp-public-advisory-committee-terms-of-reference.pdf" target="_blank" title="Terms of Reference">Terms of Reference</a><br></li></ul><ul style="list-style:none;"><li>Deborah Carlson, Co-Chair<br></li><li>Stephanie Chang</li><li>Matt Brown</li><li>​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end"></span>Russell Elliot<br></li><li>Deborah Jones</li><li>Jacek Redlinski</li><li>Peter Ross, Co-Chair</li><li>Chi Ho Sham</li><li>Graham With</li></ul><p> <strong>Meeting Summaries and Presentations</strong></p><p>Kick-Off Meeting, November 5, 2021:​​​​​​​</p><ul class="fa-ul"><li> <span class="fa-li"><i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span><a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/lwmp-pac-meeting-summary-2021-11-05.pdf" target="_blank" title="Summary">Summary</a></li><li> <span class="fa-li"> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span> <a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/lwmp-pac-meeting-presentation-2021-11-05.pdf" target="_blank" title="Presentation">Presentation</a></li></ul><p>Meeting #2, December 14, 2021: </p><ul class="fa-ul"><li> <span class="fa-li"><i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span><a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/lwmp-pac-meeting-summary-2021-12-14.pdf" target="_blank" title="Summary">Summary</a></li><li> <span class="fa-li"> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span> <a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/lwmp-pac-meeting-presentation-2021-12-14.pdf" target="_blank" title="Presentation">Presentation</a></li></ul><p>Meeting #3, May 2, 2022: </p><ul class="fa-ul"><li> <span class="fa-li"><i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span><a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/lwmp-pac-meeting-summary-2022-05-02.pdf" target="_blank" title="Summary">Summary</a></li><li> <span class="fa-li"> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span> <a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/lwmp-pac-meeting-presentation-2022-05-02.pdf" target="_blank" title="Presentation">Presentation</a></li></ul><p>Meeting #4, June 28, 2022: </p><ul class="fa-ul"><li> <span class="fa-li"><i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span><a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/lwmp-pac-meeting-summary-2022-06-28.pdf" target="_blank" title="Summary">Summary</a></li><li> <span class="fa-li"> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span> <a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/lwmp-pac-meeting-presentation-2022-06-28.pdf" target="_blank" title="Presentation">Presentation</a><br></li></ul><p>Meeting #5, September 20, 2022: </p><ul class="fa-ul"><li> <span class="fa-li"><i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span><a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/meeting-summary-lwmp-pac-meeting-5.pdf" target="_blank" title="Summary">Summary</a></li><li> <span class="fa-li"> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span> <a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/pac-meeting-5-presentation-holistic-stormwater-management.pdf" target="_blank" title="Presentation">Presentation</a></li></ul><p>Meeting #6, December 14, 2022: </p><ul class="fa-ul"><li> <span class="fa-li"><i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span><a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/lwmp-pac-meeting-summary-6.pdf" target="_blank" title="Summary">Summary</a></li><li> <span class="fa-li"> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span> <a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/pac-meeting-6-presentation-SC-WT-RR.pdf" target="_blank" title="Presentation">Presentation</a><br></li></ul><p>Meeting #7, June 5, 2023: </p><ul class="fa-ul"><li> <span class="fa-li"><i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span><a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/lwmp-pac-meeting-summary-7.pdf" target="_blank" title="Summary">Summary</a></li><li> <span class="fa-li"> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span> <a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/pac-meeting-7-presentation-SC-WT-RR.pdf" target="_blank" title="Presentation">Presentation</a><br></li></ul></div>

Project documents



Project documentsProject documents<div class="ExternalClass5DDE89EBABF74AE88FF547B45EED4E61"><ul class="fa-ul"><li> <span class="fa-li"> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span><a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/integrated-liquid-waste-resource-management-plan.pdf" target="_blank" title="Current Liquid Waste Management Plan (2011)">Current Liquid Waste Management Plan (2011)</a><br></li></ul></div>
Board reportsBoard reports<div class="ExternalClassC2E8198CAE4C4858831F9DEC8D0AAFF9">​​ <ul class="fa-ul"><li> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i> <a href="/boards/GVSDD/SDD_2022-Apr-29_AGE.pdf#search=%22GVSDD%22" target="_blank" title="April 29, 2022: Phase 1 Engagement Report">April 29, 2022: Phase 1 Engagement Report (pg. 77)</a></li><li> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i> ​<a href="/boards/GVSDD/SDD_2020-Oct-2_AGE.pdf#search=%22GVSDD%22" target="_blank" title="October 2, 2020: Liquid Waste Management Plan Engagement Strategy">October 2, 2020: Liquid Waste ​Management Plan Engagement Strategy (pg. 10)</a></li></ul></div>



Phase 1 – 2021Phase 1 – 2021<div class="ExternalClassB922D6C999044FE99382A6A7FBC4C1A4"><p>Vision and Guiding Principles​​<br></p></div>0
Phase 2 – 2022-2024Phase 2 – 2022-2024<div class="ExternalClass9E431B4A4ACF43AB97B7F886297BF0ED"><p>Goals, Strategies, Actions, and Draft Plan<br></p></div>1
Phase 3 – 2025Phase 3 – 2025<div class="ExternalClassF3457D469CF942918868E69BB27E9E67"><p>Plan Approvals​<br></p></div>0

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