What is liquid waste?

    Liquid waste is also referred to as wastewater and sewage. These are terms for “used” water and the wastes that it carries. This water usually comes from being flushed down the toilet or washed down the drain. Liquid waste management is the management of used water in the region. It is managed by the Regional District of Nanaimo through Wastewater Services.

    Why do we need a Liquid Waste Management Plan?

    The RDN is required to have a Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) by the Province. A LWMP demonstrates that the RDN has a strategy to manage wastewater in the region. It also identifies regional goals, current and planned wastewater projects and upgrades, and environmental values and stewardship strategies.

    Why is the Liquid Waste Management Plan being amended?

    The Province recommends that local governments update their Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) every five to ten years. The RDN plan was last updated in 2014 and is due for review. An amendment to the plan will better reflect regional services, goals, values, and ongoing projects and provide an opportunity for the public to give their feedback on the plan.

    What is in the Liquid Waste Management Plan?

    The plan is made up of ten programs that coordinate the RDN’s wastewater service efforts. The programs include:

    1. Public Wastewater Systems
    2. Private Onsite Systems
    3. Source Control
    4. Odour Control
    5. Rainwater Management - Drinking Water and Watershed Protection
    6. Volume Reduction
    7. Inflow and Infiltration
    8. Pollution Control Centres
    9. Integrate Resource Recovery
    10. Biosolids

    What are some expected changes to the plan?

    Some updates to the plan will be: