Outgoing Director of Electoral Area C, Arthur Hadland says the new operation will only accept domestic sewage and will not be accessible to industry.
Industry is one of the factors that led Fort St. John to make this decision in August of 2013, as they say it was based on changes to the Federal Sewer Regulations and the legal liability the city is exposed to in accepting waste from outside the community, including, but not limited to illegal dumping.
“I am very relieved that the Electoral Area Directors are seeking a solution to the problem facing the rural residents,” Mayor Lori Ackerman said in a written statement. “The liability risk for the taxpayers in Fort St. John was just too great for the city to continue to provide this service.”
This is somewhat of a temporary solution, as the permit one, subject to public approval, is building new sub-regional sewage functions for all four rural electoral areas.
“Staff has been working long hours to address this situation,” PRRD Chair, Karen Goodings said in a separate written statement. “It is important for rural residents to clearly understand that this is an interim solution pending the establishment of a water and sewer function.”
The PRRD says details of the temporary site at Charlie Lake, such as how the public can access it, will be announced at a later date once approval is secured by the Ministry of Environment.