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DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The Peace River Regional District is reviewing the options available moving forward after the Potable Water and Domestic Sewage Receiving Facility Referendum, which residents in Areas B, C, & D rejected in November 2015.

As a result, Administration has brought forward a report for the Board’s consideration.

The board was presented with many different options for both potable water services and sewage services from the report.

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CAO Chris Cvik says the recommendation to continue to monitor the Charlie Lake sewage facility was tabled and discussed at the meeting, with more discussion to be had in the Jan. 28 meeting.

Regarding potable water services, Cvik says there were talks of bringing a Northern Health official in to speak to the board. Last year, Northern Health denied the regional district their permit for the untreated site at Romedo Spring due to unacceptable bacteriological water sampling results. The site was eventually shut down by the PRRD.

The PRRD expects to commission the new Charlie Lake Domestic Sewage Receiving Facility in December, with it being fully operational in early 2016.

“As the Board is aware, the facility was constructed without residential tax dollars and was funded from Fair Share and Gas Tax dollars,” the report reads.

As decisions are made, there are financial considerations. There would be no additional costs to monitor the sewage facility usage, but decommissioning costs of potable water services would have to be built into the 2016 budget.

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