Focus shifts from river to wells in hunt for Black Pines water source

Current North Thompson River intake at Black Pines keeps getting covered in silt. (TNRD photo)

Current North Thompson River intake at Black Pines keeps getting covered in silt. (TNRD photo)

BLACK PINES — A meeting this week (Nov. 17, 2016) at the Whispering Pines hall provided residents with an explanation of upcoming utility rate changes as well as a report on progress toward finding a new water source.

Utility rate changes are positive for Black Pines as they result in an overall reduction in rates.

TNRD finance director Doug Rae raised the option of continuing to pay the current quarterly toll charges instead of taking the reduction, and putting the surplus into a capital reserve for future use. Some interest in this was expressed by those attending so I think the best way to get an accurate reading of how deep that interest goes is to do a survey of all users and I will talk to staff about how to arrange that.

Highlights of utilities manager Arden Bolton’s comments about the Black Pines water intake issue:

– focus has shifted to groundwater after further review of river options.

– drilling of a test well is expected before Christmas after consultation with property owners and confirmation with Kinder Morgan that there are no right-of-way issues in the preferred location.

– cost will be covered by gas tax funding, avoiding the need for local contribution.

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