Peer review water treatment project

The proposed Englishman River Water Service water treatment plant is the most costly project in Parksville’s history.

The proposed Englishman River Water Service water treatment plant is the most costly project in Parksville’s history. Even so, at the ERWS meeting on Nov. 13 it took only the four elected board members — two representing the city and two the RDN —  to commit Parksville ratepayers to a $26 million expenditure for the city’s portion of expenses (74 per cent) relating to the $37 million water treatment plant (WTP).

Two of the four representatives left the board following the municipal elections on Nov. 15 and therefore aren’t accountable for their decision. The Parksville Residents Association water committee is concerned about this perceived breach of the democratic process.

The committee also questions the statement in the summary report of the Nov. 13 meeting that suggests a phased WTP of smaller proportion, i.e. 16 ML/d, is insufficient for our needs because it lacks a safety factor. In fact, there is a very large safety factor of 11.8 ML/d provided by ground water, which is entirely omitted from ERWS calculations.

While there is no question that reliance on our well field must be reduced because of the declining water table, we wonder whether the real reason ground water was ignored was to rationalize building a water treatment plant larger than 16 ML/d when completed. ERWS has approved a capacity of 48 ML/d.

The PRA water committee is therefore recommending a peer review of the proposed water treatment plant. The peer review process, common for projects of this magnitude, prevents oversights, errors and omissions, ensures that the design meets building code requirements, and confirms that all designs and details are complete.

A peer review provides quality assurance and moreover has the advantage of identifying any design improvements that would result in a better, more economical plant.

The PRA water committee calls on our mayor and council to invest in a peer review by an independent engineering firm to ensure that the ERWS proposed water treatment plant is the most viable, practical, and fiscally responsible solution for Parksville.

Valerie DareParksville

Just Posted

Canadian Music Hall of Famer Steven Page to play Parksville

Barenaked Ladies co-founder performs at Knox United Church on June 1

Parksville Beach Festival Society launches campaign for outdoor stage

Public invited to event May 25 to help with kickoff

Crime Report: Oceanside RCMP receive 328 complaints in one-week span

Vandalism and theft of a wheelchair among listed incidents

Controversial cell tower proposal in Coombs clears another hurdle

Committee indicates Rogers satisfactorily completed requirements

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

New book from Island author details social history of the E&N railway

Along the E&N tells the story of 32 establishments from Esquimalt to Campbell River.

Should B.C. already be implementing province-wide fire bans?

A petition is calling for B.C. Wildfire Service to issue a ban to reduce risk of human caused wildfires

Growing wildfire prompts evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several day, but grew substantially Sunday

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

RCMP arrest violent offender on Vancouver Island

Campbell River police struggle with suspect and take him down with a taser

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Two cats die in house fire in Nanaimo

Fire happened just after 2 p.m. Sunday on Fifth Street, one resident displaced

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Most Read