Integrated Resource Management Study

An independent report on integrated resource management that examines approaches for local governments across British Columbia to use solid and liquid waste to create energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water, and recover nutrients.

The purpose of this Phase 1 study is to determine whether there is a business case for a more sustainable and integrated approach to wastewater management and resource recovery for communities in British Columbia. Specifically the objectives of the study were to: 

  1. Evaluate the potential to advance provincial Climate Change and Green City Project objectives (including energy and water conservation), and  to optimise taxpayer values by integrating wastewater management with the management of energy, stormwater, drinking water, rainwater and solid waste, including resource recovery; 
  2. Evaluate whether this alternative approach is both technically feasible and economically viable (including a strong sense of the potential business case) over the long term (including long-term operating impacts, and flexibility to deal with future changes in the population and environment) using the Capital Regional District as a case study; and, providing the evaluation is favourable, 
  3. Propose an action plan for implementation
Author: Integrated Resource Management Study Team
Publisher: Ministry of Community Development
Nov, 2008
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