Water Treatment Plant


The proposed Englishman River Treatment Plant is important and expensive.  Where we put it and how we manage it will affect everyone living in the area.  Here are some links on these important issues. EngRiverWaterServiceTxPlan Here are some links for your consideration:

  1. http://www.pqbnews.com/news/322412711.html
  2. http://parksvilleresidents.ca/category/water-treatment-plant/
  3. http://www.kendroog.com/news/news-plan-b-for-parksvilles-water-treatment-plant-now-up-to-28-million/
  4. http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/269404501.html
  5. http://parksville.ca/cms/wpattachments/wpID166atID6896.pdf

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  1. The plan to build a water intake and large volume water treatment plant at the lower reaches of the Englishman River is not a good idea. Poor water quality, contamination risks, extremely low summer flows, high power needs and expensive operating costs, are some of the reasons that this project is fundamentally flawed.
    The lack of adequate long term storage for winter water is part of the problem. The intensive watering restrictions of last summer will not be relieved in the future without increased storage. The issue could be resolved if the equivalent of one days surplus storm water from the Englishman River were diverted and stored high up in the watershed.
    Here is the math: The graph below shows the flow in the Englishman River during the first few days of December 2015. The highest peak show about 210 cubic meters per second at the Orange Bridge in Parksville. With the lowest flow at about 50 cubic meters per second, it would be reasonable to estimate an average of:
    About 1 hundred cubic meters per second
    Or 360 thousand cubic meters per hour
    Which is 8.6 million cubic meters in one day, almost as much water as in Arrowsmith Lake
    Or more than 60 million cubic meters in one week. The new water treatment plant is supposed to filter and produce:
    Up to 16 thousand cubic meters of water per day
    In the 4 months during the driest part of summer the plant will need to extract:
    About 2 million cubic meters of water directly from the river
    If the equivalent volume of one day’s storm water were diverted and stored upstream, the City of Parksville could have an ample supply of clean water during the summer months. Gravity would eliminate the need for pumping, and the clean water would require very little treatment. There is no shortage of water in the area, only a shortage of common sense.

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