Queen Charlotte water system progressing well

  • Aug. 8, 2008 4:00 p.m.

Work on the new $4-million Queen Charlotte water system is continuing, with a good chance the water intake will be in place in the Honna River before Fisheries shuts down all work. “Monday (August 4), they did the falling for the road right-of-way down to the river, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, they continued work on the road,” the village’s Chief Administrative Officer Andrew Yeates said Friday. The road is about 800 metres long, and is needed to construct the intake and to maintain it in the future. Mr. Yeates said he was “cautiously optimistic” that the intake could be installed before work has to stop. “So far we are quite pleased with the progress, things are looking good, so far so good,” he said. Things going well, the new system could be providing water by next spring, ending decades of water problems. The new system will take water from Stanley Lake and pipe it to the village for treatment, drawing it from the Honna River above the old garbage dump. It will take the pressure off the community’s wells, hard-pressed to provide enough water year-round. The placement of the intake was a big controversy last fall, but village residents voted in June to allow the village to borrow up to $900,000 to put the intake above the old dump, instead of below it as previously planned.