In September 2013, the city notified the district that due to new and more strict federal and provincial sewage discharge requirements, leading to increased Fort St. John liability, the city plans on closing the facility effective December 31st, 2014.
The PRRD held its board meeting yesterday.
Possible solutions for the loss of the waste water plant were discussed.
Director for the Peace River Regional District, Arthur Hadland says the district came up with four options, but Hadland says only three were viable.
Hadland says: “one was a private public partnership, one was to seek some sort of accord with the city and three was to embark on this project on our own.”
The option that PRRD Director Hadland says he was interested in was the PRRD partnering with a private enterprise.
Hadland says that the direction they are leaning towards is option three, which is having a Regional District owned and operated facility.
He says the next steps are to figure out how much this would cost.
Hadland adds that the PRRD will also need to speak with the city to see about an extension on the use of the facility for at least another year.