It’s still 6 months away from processing its first waste, but Sechelt’s multimillion dollar sewage treatment plant now has a name.
Mayor John Henderson says calling it the “Sechelt Water Resource Centre” sends an important message about its role in preserving the area’s fresh water supply.
The $25-million project has been controversial, in part because of technology new to North America involving a greenhouse where the plant roots will be part of the treatment process.
Mike Reinders is president of Maple Reinders, the company leading the construction, he says it’s unfair to call the approach “unproven”.
Another sticking point for critics was the choice to build it at the same site as the old plant, in a residential area.
The name was announced at an on-site lunch for invited guests, and while one neighbour dropped in to offer support another put a bench in their yard with the sign “Sit – See – Smell the Sewer Plant: Sechelt’s Newest Tourist Attraction”.