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


Please come out to our annual Halloween Community Bonfire and Fireworks show on Thursday, October 31st (Halloween) at the Willis Point Community Hall.  Bonfire will start around 6:30 and fireworks will be between 7:30 and 7:45 start time.  We will have hot dogs and drinks.  Bring candy for the kids!

Third Cougar Sighting

Another cougar sighting at 7578 Mark Lane – thanks Midori for notifying.  This was on Monday night at 8:45pm.  Please report sightings of cougars to the Ministry of Environment at 1-877-952-7277


Second APC Meeting Thursday Sept 12, 7:00pm

There will be a second meeting of the WP Advisory Planning Commission on Sept 12th at 7pm.  See notice below from Wendy Miller:

Good Morning,

Thank you for your speedy responses.  I confirm that a quorum has been confirmed and that a meeting will proceed on September 12.


Item for consideration is:

  1. Development Permit Application with Frontage Exemption

a)     DP-11-13 –  Lots 8 and 9, Sections 46A & 47A, Highland District, Plan VIP77211 (Cotter and FAMA Holdings Ltd.)

An agenda package with application information will be mailed out to members by Thursday, September 5.

Thank you,


Wendy Miller

Public Hearing Sept 9th – 7:00pm

There will be a public hearing on Monday September 9th at 7pm at the Community Hall to discuss By-law number 3720 which are the changes to the Official Community Plan that were discussed earlier this year.

Here’s the letter from Wendy at the CRD.

Good Afternoon,

For your information, a Public Hearing will be:

Held at: Willis Point Fire Hall

Located at: 6933 Willis Point Road, Victoria, BC

On: Monday, September 9, 2013 starting at 7pm

Further information can be found under “Hot Topics” at the below link:


Thank you,

Wendy Miller

Fence around the Community Hall

Back in April, the WPCA requested that a portion of the trees that were being cut down to make space for the new Fire Department Garage be put aside so that we could use them for a future project.  Art Wynans came up with the excellent idea of having them made into split rails for a fence around the hall.

Last month, Art, Ken Smith, and I spent an evening splitting the logs into rails.  Saturday was the day I started installing the fence.  Hopefully it will be there for many years to enjoy.

Jeff Irwin, WPCA Chair