Mid-April opening planned for septage facility

The facility will treat septic tank sludge for residences located in Clearwater and area

A new septage treatment facility is scheduled for commissioning and startup on or about April 14, chief administrative officer Leslie Groulx reported to District of Clearwater’s infrastructure committee on March 3.

All equipment is installed while about 50 per cent of the water line still needs to be installed.

Final electrical equipment installation should be done by March 20.

A site meeting was to be held March 11 for final completion.

Staff will introduce a fee schedule to council on or before April 7.

The facility will treat septic tank sludge for residences located in Clearwater and area.

Wood chip heating coming soon

Construction of a biomass heating system for Dutch Lake Community Centre should begin soon, Groulx said.

Town council awarded the contract for the system to Fink Machines of Enderby last October.

A 20 per cent ($53,000) deposit was given so the boiler could ordered and concrete work started.

A local contractor will do the concrete work and fuel storage facility.

Total cost of the project will be about $266,000. Of this, $20,000 will be covered by a grant from SIBAC (Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition), $146,000 will come from federal Gas Tax funds, and the remaining $100,000 will be borrowed from Wells Gray Community Forest.

Slow down zone

District of Clearwater recently installed three new signs along Park Drive: one school area and two 30 km/hr.

In addition, three three-way stop signs were installed at the intersection of the Buy-Low parking access, Helmcken and Murtle.

The 50 km/hr sign that was removed from Park Drive can be re-installed in a new location, Groulx noted.


Total cost for the signs and installation was $500.