What is RSTV?


Responsible Sewage Treatment Victoria (RSTV) is an association of environmentalists, scientists, engineers, health care professionals and concerned individuals formed to apply the principles of evidence-based policy and management to the issue of sewage treatment for Victoria.  At the present time, our best judgment is that the evidence demonstrates that the most appropriate and responsible sewage treatment method for Victoria is the existing natural treatment system (NTS) with improved source controls and infrastructure upgrading.

RSTV is dedicated to using scientific evidence to select the best ecological practices for the long-term health of people and the land and marine ecosystems. Our goal is to bring about a change in Government policy requiring one-size-fits-all land based treatment plants by demonstrating that such an approach would almost certainly do the Victoria environment more harm than good. We expect the NTS to be included in all cost-benefit or “triple bottom line” assessments. We will respond to all proposals impacting current sewage treatment practice and we will raise public awareness concerning the advantages of the NTS for Victoria.


The purpose of this web site is to provide public information on issues related to the current sewage treatment planning being carried out by the Capital Regional District for the Municipalities of Victoria, Oak Bay, Saanich, Esquimalt, View Royal, Colwood and Langford. (Also known as the Core Area and Westshore).We are presenting the issues and the facts as analysed by marine scientists, public health officials and economists. We are also representing the arguments presented by many individuals who have analysed the issues and are deeply concerned that the policy makers have not taken sufficient notice of the marine science, public health, economics and the environmental studies that have been carried out over the last 20 years on the effectiveness of the deep ocean outfalls in safely disposing of Victoria's sewage effluent.