New features, like porcelain tile and dual shower heads, may end up costing as much as a new bathroom , per the Capital Regional District (CRD).
The CRD staff estimate the cost of installing new bathroom fixtures in an average dwelling would be about $75 per square foot. That compares with a price tag of $30 for a conventional toilet, and $10 for a basic vanity and bathtub.
The installation of a new bathroom also carries the potential of sewage flow problems, should some less than ideal plumbing methods — like installing plumbing directly over an existing drain — be used. The CRD suggests upgrading to a new bathroom should be considered only in areas of high development potential, like condo developments.
Where can homeowners expect to see new bathroom fixtures, from bathroom doors to toilets?
The CRD staff will be updating the requirements for new bathroom fittings and detailing how to submit a proposed change. The board will make its final decisions about all of the proposed changes in the spring of 2017.
The drainage portion of the Peninsula Community Services District (PCSD) plans to start building a new sewage lagoon in the spring of 2018. The work would have to be done between Memorial Day and Labor Day to protect water quality. A project that would take nearly two years to complete.
Mayor Bill McKay said he wants the board to decide how much the drainage portion will cost during the next round of meeting in the fall. The board could opt for a new way of calculating the price of the project. Instead of using a cost of $7.5 million to build the entire drainage portion, they could look to cut off a portion of the work, as a way of bringing the cost down, McKay said.
But McKay also said he wants staff to investigate whether putting in a new line between the existing lagoon and the wastewater treatment facility could help save money.
At the board’s last meeting, the PCSD board approved a new estimate of $18 million for a roughly four-year lagoon project. The price tag also includes sewer piping, new fire hydrants and lighting, and a new storm drainage system.
PCSD’s $18 million estimate includes sewer backup as a project risk.
One of the first signs of the newly elected Peninsula Community Services District will be a new sewage lagoon on Capstan Way. The PCSD plan is to build the sewage lagoon in 2018. Just before the spring freeze up, in order to protect water quality.
It is an investment of more than $4 million, which would include:
A new 12,000-litre wastewater lagoon with two pumps and two generators. Eight toilet units to make sure there’s adequate plumbing in the new lagoon. Porous concrete floors for more effective water retention and reduced water levels.
-Updates for road and trail improvements.
The project will make two significant changes to the landscape along Capstan Way. The top capstan way will be close off to vehicle traffic. Instead, it will be used as a pedestrian pathway to connect to the rest of a new north-side pathway network.
Two new bathrooms would be install along capstan way. One near the PCSD’s maintenance yard and one near the intersection with Johnston Road.
The PCSD still has to apply for provincial funding.
The District of Hazeldean is looking for the board to approve its final improvements to Robertson Road.
The board will vote on how much the work will cost.
The total price tag for the improvements. Expected to be roughly $4 million includes a new sewage pump station. A new sewage collector, sewer pipes and water mains.
The changes will also allow for upgrades to the road, making it safer and improving the capacity.
Bryan Mena, the CRD manager of planning and public works. Said the improvements will improve the capacity of Robertson Road from 58 to 104 cubic metres per second.
From the sewer collection station near Hazeldean School to Cochrane Street. Robertson Road would get a new sewer line to allow the water and sewer to move more efficiently. The water would then flow into the stormwater management system. Improving the water quality in the stream at Cochrane Street, and improving water quality downstream, along the Stoney Creek Trail.
The PCSD recently had a boil water notice.
The CRD will be putting in a new wastewater collection system at Eagle Hill Road. Which will increase the capacity of that sewer line to 116 cubic metres per second.
Mena said the CRD is also looking to upgrade the lines and mechanics at the Coastal Wastewater Treatment Plant.