Recent History – 2002
October 11, 2002
DAWSON CREEK — Council received an update Monday from Urban Systems on the progress made so far on the city’s water quality assurance plan.
Work has been carried out on the following items:
New river intake on the Kiskatinaw: Preliminary design of the intake had been completed and forwarded to government agencies for approval. Construction is scheduled for August 2003.
Monitoring equipment at Arras: Two turbidimeters suitable for installation at Arras have been located and hydro-carbon sensors are being checked into.
Flow valve metering at Trail Reservoir: A valve house similar to one recently completed at the Hart Reservoir is being designed.
Pipe lining at Trail Reservoir: Methods of slip-lining with polyethylene pipe are being investigated. Since the ponds will need to be drained down, this work is scheduled for fall 2003.
Install new filters: Four tenders have been received for supply of filter equipment, and Urban Systems is preparing an analysis and recommendation for the award. Given a delivery time of roughly 20 weeks, installation work is expected to start in March 2003.
Ridge Reservoir: A contract to build the reservoir will not be awarded until further testing and analysis reveal the best disinfection method.
A full comparison of ozone versus ultra-violet will be completed by November with drawings revised and tendered by February for an early spring construction start.
Two-thirds of the funding for the work will come from the federal and provincial governments through the Canada-B.C. Infrastructure Program. Funding was approved in December 2001 but was not issued by the province until June 2002.
“While some conceptual work was done prior to June, we were all advised not to tender any work since costs incurred prior to signing of the funding agreement would not be eligible for funding,” said Urban Systems engineer Peter Gigliotti in a memo to council.