New intake site identified for Queen Charlotte water system

  • Jan. 9, 2008 3:00 p.m.

Queen Charlotte has found a site above the old garbage dump where the intake for the new water system could be placed, village council heard Monday evening.In the last month, an engineer working for the village surveyed the possibilities and is recommending a site slightly upstream of the old dump, on the opposite side of the Honna River. There’s a road part of the way to the area, and access may be gained by using an abandoned logging road as well, meaning it may not be as expensive as first thought, according to administrator Andrew Yeates. Placing the intake there should satisfy residents who were concerned when the village planned to place it well below the dump. They were worried about contamination getting into the water supply, even though the province approved the plan. One last problem for moving the intake is money. The change is expected to cost an extra $850,000. The village continues to look for government funding for this amount, but so far has not been successful. The water project, which is to cost $3.2-million plus the $850,000 for a total of more than $4-million, will take water from Stanley Lake, treat it, and bring it to town, to supplement the wells now being used. If no grants are found for the extra amount, it will have to be raised from residents or water users, either through a new tax or user fees.