Port running low on water

  • Jul. 7, 2006 12:00 p.m.

Hot, dry weather earlier this month drained Port Clements water system reservoirs to about half their usual level, administrator Terry McMullon told council members at their July 4 meeting.
Mr. McMullon warned the water level was “extremely low” and that the village might have to call for voluntary restrictions if the dry weather continued. Continued pressure on the system might also force the village to use another well.
“If the situation arises where it goes much lower, we would have to go to well number two, which requires immediate chlorination,” he said.
In other Port news:
o Council voted to donate $500 to the Local Government Leadership Academy being set up by the Union of BC Municipalities.
o Port is asking the provincial government to extend the deadline for applying for funds from the Coast Sustainability Trust 18 months longer than the current deadline of March 31, 2007.
“Lots of the funds are likely to go unused, that’s why the motion to extend it,” said mayor Cory Delves, who had been alerted to the situation by the Queen Charlotte village council.
o Port will be asking BC Hydro to base a Power Smart representative in the mid-Graham Island area. Hydro is advertising for two representatives to be based in Old Massett and Skidegate, but Mr. Delves said the Port area deserved a representative also.
“If the goal is to decrease consumptionÂ… the best way to get word across on a program like that is to have a person in each community,” he said.

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