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  • Glen St Pumping Station update – 4:30 Saturday,  –  – As of 4:30 this afternoon (Saturday) the blockages (unbelievable what has found its way into the sewage pipes!) were removed and the pumps resumed normal functioning. The pumps at the Glen St waste water pumping station are not working properly.  Two trucks are keeping ahead of the incoming effluent.  Our service provider is on site and waiting the arrival of the technicians to pull the pumps to assess the reasons for their low performance. I will keep you updated.  Please call if you have any questions/concerns.  9195 Robin
  • Meeting with Minister Chiarelli – Mayor Jones  – April 13, 2017 – First, thank you to everyone who sent emails or left phone messages of encouragement for our meeting with the Minister.  They were appreciated.  Mr Paul Snider, CAO and I met with Robert Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure for 45 minutes yesterday afternoon at Queen’s Park.  Mr Steve Clarke, our MPP, joined us as well as senior staff from the Minister’s office and one from Minister Leal’s (OMAFRA) office. The meeting with Minister Chiarelli was very positive.  He was well briefed and his own memory went back to the time when Snowfluent was installed.  He even recalled the design engineer’s name.  He listened and quickly discerned the significance of our situation with regard to the criticality of the project and the impact funding it without provincial government help will have on our Village. The Minister has made the commitment to find a solution “sooner than later”.  We left the meeting feeling that progress had been made and are moderately optimistic.  Paul and the Minister’s staff will be communicating further over the next few weeks.   We also had the opportunity to encourage the OMAFRA staff to fulfill its commitment to a spring launch date of OCIF4.  We owe our gratitude to MPP Steve Clarke, who continued to work on our behalf with the Ministers, and was the key to arranging this meeting.  Thank you, Steve
  • Update on OCIF3 application – March 27, 2017 – Mayor Robin Jones – On Thursday, CAO Snyder and I had a teleconference with staff from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and Ministry of Infrastructure (MOI).  OMAFRA has the responsibility of assessing the OCIF3 applications and deciding which are successful.   The meeting was frustrating to say the least.  We were told that our situation is not “critical enough” when weighed against the merits of all of the projects and our financial ability to pay.  A new financial consideration this year is just that … the project cost per household … and ours wasn’t enough to bump the project up into the successful category. Seriously!!!!  They said it was a very well written and concise application that thoroughly explained the project and our situation in the Village.  However, at the end of the conversation with these Ministry staff, there was still no OCIF money or any other support for Westport from the provincial government.  They suggested we try again in 2018, however were quick to say that there was no guarantee that we would be successful. I was clear that we don’t have “next year” for getting a grant for this project.  Council has decided that it is necessary, for a variety of reasons, to build the new waste water treatment system in 2017. The Minister of Infrastructure’s office called on Thursday and CAO Snyder and I are meeting with him in Toronto in mid-April.  MPP Steve Clark, who has continued to work on our behalf, will be attending the meeting with us.  It is my hope that, being a former municipal politician, the Minister will see things less through a bureaucratic lens and more from your perspective – the real people who live and work in Westport.
  • March 22 2017 – 12:45 p.m.  – Boil Water Advisory is NO LONGER in effect.BWA Rescind Notice Village of Westport Mar 22, 2017
  • March 22 2017 – 11:15 a.m. – Boil Water Advisory still in effect – Please check back later.
  • March 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. – Boil Water Advisory in effect:Boil Water Advisory
  • March 19 2017 – 7:30 p.m. – Update on water pipe break: The service providers are on Rideau St working on the repair to the water pipe.  As you may have learned by now, when the pipe burst today, the water came out with such a force that the water tower emptied before the broken pipe could be isolated.  When that occurs, the Medical Officer of Health issues a boil water advisory.  Please heed the MOH’s advice.  Each resident should have been visited by a fire fighter or a member of Council tonight and received a copy of the boil water order.
  • March 19, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. – Update on water pipe break: The pipes around the break have been isolated. Water Services will slowly come back on line to most of the village. It could take several hours. A boil water order has been issued by the Medical Officer of Health. Volunteers will be around to each resident tonight with a copy of the order.
  • March 19, 2017 – 4:30 p.m.Water Pipe Leak Update: The service providers are on the scene and will be repairing the pipe.  It may take some time.  When your water pressure returns, please boil before consumption.
  • February 1, 2017 – Notice to Residents – This notice is to inform the residents of the Village of Westport that recent water samples taken from the drinking water system serving the VIllage of Westport have elevated levels of sodium.  Any level of sodium above 20 mg/l (milligrams per litre) must be reported to the Medical Officer of Health.  A sample taken on January 3, 2017, revealed a sodium level of 96.7 mg/l.  The Medical Office of Health has instructed the Village to inform its residents of these test results and provide the following advice: Sodium is an essential dietary element.  For individuals who suffer from hypertension, chronic kidney disease or congestive heart failure – restricting the daily intake of sodium is essential in managing their condition.  It is important to be aware that by drinking water from this system, he/she may be increasing their daily sodium intake.  If you have any health concerns pertaining to your daily sodium intake, please discuss with your health provider.
  • February 22, 2017 – Disappointing News – Westport’s request for waste water replacement grant turned down – to say that this decision is unfortunate, is an understatement. Staff are following up with the contact person mentioned in the letter below for the reasons why our application was not supported by the Ontario Liberal Government.  CAO Paul Snider is contacting the offices of Minister J Leal and Minister B Mauro, the two Ministries involved in the decision making, and is requesting meetings between Major Jones and the Ministries.  Yes, this is a set back, however we will continue to work to resolve the challenges of our current waste water treatment system and together we will come through 2017 with a dependable solution.  I thought it would be interesting to everyone to read the letter, so please see it below.  If you have any questions, please call the councilor of your choice, or myself at 613-273-9195 – Mayor Jones. OCIF Letter Feb 22 17

Watson & Associates Report

Municipal Class “C” Environmental Assessment

Public Information Centre #1 & 2:

Water Distribution System

Westport’s water distribution system is based on an elevated water tower, which permits a gravity-fed pressurized system. Only system pumps are well pumps.

  • Tower capacity 6-8 hours supply; major renovations ($550K) completed in 2005
  • Distribution piping approximately 5.2 km; almost all installed 1972; entire system is PVC plastic pipe
  • Water source is two (2) municipal wells adjacent to Westport Arena and Lockwood Field

Water Distribution Building on Concession Street

  • Groundwater treatment is chlorine only; with ultra-violet ray (UV) scanning added over the next  six (6) to twelve (12) months
  • System constructed in 1972; services approximately 285 customers

Drinking Water System

White water

White or milky water

Why does my drinking water look cloudy sometimes?

Once in a while, you get a glass of water and it looks cloudy; maybe milky is a better term. After a few seconds it miraculously clears up! The cloudiness might be caused by the water in the pipes being under a bit more pressure than the water in the glass, but is more likely due to tiny air bubbles in the water. Like any bubble, the air rises to the top of the water and goes into the air above, clearing up the water. Cloudy water, also known as white water, is caused by air bubbles in the water. It is completely harmless.

It usually happens when it is very cold outside because the solubility of air in water increases as water pressure increases and/or water temperature decreases. Cold water holds more air than warm water. In the winter, water travels from the reservoir which is very cold and warms up during its travel to your tap. Some of the air that is present is no longer soluble, and comes out of solution.

Also, water pressure has something to do with it. The water in the pipes is pressurized to a degree (which helps to get the water all the way from the water tower to your home). Water under pressure holds more air than water that is not pressurized. Once the water comes out of your tap, the water is no longer under pressure and the air comes out of solution as bubbles (similar to a carbonated soft drink). The best thing to do is let it sit in an open container until the bubbles naturally disappear.

– USGS Water Science School

Cloudy water caused by tiny air bubbles in the water is not harmful to health.

How do I know if cloudiness is really because of air?

There is a really simple way to check whether milky white water is due to the release of dissolved air. Fill a clean glass with tap water and place it on the worktop. You will notice that the water clears from the bottom of the glass as the bubbles rise slowly to the surface. The effect can be seen in the photograph below.

Cloudy water

Water and Wastewater

  • freeze crystallization technology; approximately 265 customers
  • 2 lagoons; one (1) original (1972); one (1) constructed 1995, employed for efficient storage
  • Treatment building (1995) – includes piping; compressor and pumps; high pressure mixing of air and effluent
  • Dispersion towers (7), constructed in 1995, the effluent is directed by automatic control to an assortment of seven (7) towers, depending on climatic conditions where it is dispersed on the deposit area in a frozen crystallization form

Wastewater Pumping Station

  • has a single force main from a pumping station on Glen Street
  • Collection system piping (approx. 4.8 km) was constructed in 1972; designed to gravity feed the pumping station

Westport By-Laws Relating to discharge into Sewer System

Land Drainage/Sewer – By-Law #85-23
No person/business is permitted to discharge (dump) into land drainage works, drains or connections to any sewer, sewer system or sewage works for the carrying away of domestic sewage or industrial wastes, such as oil, fat, grease of animal or vegetable origin; oil, grease, and tar of mineral origin; or any other matter capable of obstructing or interfering with the proper operation of any part of the sewage works; as outlined in By-Law #85-23. Any person found guilty of an offense under the provisions of this by-law shall be subject to a penalty of up to $300 for each offense.

Discharge of Storm Water – By-Law #85-18
No person shall cause or permit the discharge of any storm water, including surface water, groundwater, rain runoff, foundation drain or other subsurface drainage including any unpolluted cooling or heating water or unpolluted industrial process water into the Sewage Works of the Ministry. By-Law #85-18. Any person found guilty of an offense under the provisions of this by-law shall be subject to a penalty of up to $200 for each offense.

By-Law #85-22 – Sanitary sewer, shall mean a sewer which carries sewage and to which storm and ground waters are not intentionally admitted.