A couple weeks ago the District of Summerland sent out a newsletter describing the treatment process of our water treatment plant.
The process (Actiflo) was purchased virtually intact with minimal local engineering.
Strangely, the newsletter forgot to mention the large volume of wastewater, the main concern.
Excessive wastewater was the cause of the reduction of the capacity of the plant, clogging and eventual removal of filters and the dumping of large volumes of water.
During last year’s hot dry summer, 94 megalitres were discarded.
That is equivalent to the total volume of water in 37 Olympic sized swimming pools. Kinda diminishes our water conservation efforts, doesn’t it? Yet this was forgotten in the newsletter.
The de-watering of wastewater did involve local engineering. Public Works has described the facility as high-tech, state of the art and a showpiece for the province.
Our next district newsletter should inform the taxpayer, with photographs, about our very expensive de-watering facility.
David E. Gregory