Changes to Black Pines water project

The above notice has been distributed to residents within the Black Pines community water system.

The above notice has been distributed to residents within the Black Pines community water system.

BLACK PINES — A meeting set for next Monday, Jan. 18 won’t be about distributing petitions for a new water-intake project after all.

After the TNRD carried out further due diligence in the form of sonar testing in the North Thompson River, it has been found that the proposed site for the intake isn’t viable due to silting. Therefore, the petition process that was to get underway on the $1.345-million project will be delayed until other options are looked at.

And that’s what the meeting on Jan. 18 will be about — to explain exactly what was found, and to discuss other possibilities for moving the project forward. Those options might include moving the intake location further south or locating a groundwater source.

At the least, however, the project and the approval process will be delayed several months. Meanwhile, the necessary steps will be taken to retain the two-thirds federal-provincial infrastructure funding commitment announced last July.

Obviously, this is a significant development, and input from the community is crucial. In my view, TNRD staff deserve full credit for identifying the issue with the intake location before the project proceeded through the public assent process.

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