City extends Wastewater Transfer Station hours

first_imgCurrently, it’s open 24/7, 365 days a year, but citing issues with disallowed types of waste being brought in hurting the system, City Council decided to shorten its operating hours before closing it completely. Garry Brimacombe of Nor-Vac Industrial Services says the extra hours are “workable”, and at least an improvement over what was originally decided. “8 to 5 wasn’t going to work, as far as I was concerned, especially only five days a week because we didn’t have our Saturday to catch up,” he says. “Most of the truck drivers you talk to in this country don’t work 35 to 40 hours a week, and with the hours shut down to that, that’s what would happen; you’d lose your drivers.” He adds that customers will have to keep a better track of the level of their sewer tanks to avoid the need for service outside of those hours. – Advertisement -Some other changes have been included in an amendment to the City’s sewer bylaw, which will come into effect in 2014, pending final reading on October 28. Among them are a $200 fee for emergency callouts outside of operation hours, and an increase in the rate for receiving domestic wastewater from $4.50 to $7 per cubic metre. Users will also have to enter into a new agreement with the City for November, that will include a truck inspection and $5 million in liability insurance payable to the City. However, Brimacombe points out that all those stipulations come with a cost, and customers will likely be seeing a bigger increase on the bills in the new year. Advertisement “The cost of [liability] will probably be $500 or $600 a month. It’ll have to get passed down to customers,” he admits. “If you only get $100 for dumping a load of sewer, you can’t really eat a $70 dump charge.” Whether the change in November will spell trouble for Nor-Vac and other affected companies should be evident within a month. In the meantime, all eyes are on the Peace River Regional District as it looks into whether it can come up with a viable solution in time for the Fort St. John station closure.last_img