Monthly Archives: November 2013

Leachate Spill on Willis Point Road

Below is the report from Tom Watkins regarding the leachate spill at the end of Willis Point Road.  Trucks continue to vacuum the leachate from the area but there were a few things that came to my attention with this report.  Originally, the figure that was given to me by Tom this morning was that it was a slow leak of .06Lpm loss.  The number in this report of 10,400L is far more than that.  I am also noting that a leak was detected on Nov 1st but the repair wasn’t completed until Nov 5th.  The response time on this seems negligent.  If this is a preview of how spills will be dealt with when it comes to these low pressure lines, it worries me greatly how this will be dealt with when we add pumping stations, high pressure lines, and 10 more creek crossings into the equation.  I have requested a lab report on the chemicals that were spilled to find out exactly what kinds of things we’re dealing with.
I have copied this to the TC.
Jeff Irwin
WPCA, Chair
From: Tom Watkins  Subject: Hartland Landfill Leachate Line Leak

Hi Jeff,


Further to our telephone conversation this morning, here are the details regarding the above noted incident as provided to me by CRD operations staff:


  • A leaking valve on the leachate line was first noted on Friday, November 1, 2013 along Willis Point Road near Wallace Drive
  • We had completed a temporary repair of a valve on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 (i.e., packing valve and tightening bolts)
  • We have completed the final repair of the valve on Thursday, November 7th, 2013
  • The amount of leachate that leaked was estimated at approximately 10,400 litres or 10.4 cubic metres
  • The property owners, municipality and regulatory authorities were contacted
  • We are still working on cleaning up the area (this is why you are seeing the vacuum truck)
  • Field tests by CRD staff were conducted of the surface/ground water in the area
  • Samples were sent to an external lab for testing
  • We expect results back by end of day Tuesday or Wednesday next week
  • We have also offered to test the property owner’s groundwater wells.


I will continue to share information with you as it becomes available.


Thanks, Tom


Tom Watkins, B.Sc., Manager, Environmental Resource Management, Policy & Planning

Parks & Environmental Services Department

Capital Regional District

625 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2S6