Indian Arm Environmental Assessment & Water Conservation Plan
I am pleased to advise that in December the municipality submitted an application for water system infrastructure funding under the Canada–British Columbia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund that was announced on October 13th, 2006. The closing date for applications was January 31st, and decisions are expected by June 30th.
(Update: We now expect decisions and announcements sometime in September.)
Last year Council commissioned Dayton & Knight Consulting Engineers to undertake a Water Use Efficiency Study, the goal of which is to reduce the volume of potable water required through water conservation, thereby reducing infrastructure construction and operating costs of the water distribution system. One of the most important conservation tools is water metering, which involves measuring the flow of water throughout the distribution system. Typically, this involves placing meters at each service connection in the system, referred to as universal metering. The principal impact of universal water metering would be a reduction in potable water consumption and the following benefits:
The Water Use Efficiency Study (12 MB) report was submitted at the end of January, and presented a number of priorities for the implementation of best practices with the following key recommendation:
(Update: Project Engineer Walt Bayliss provided an overview powerpoint presentation on the Water Use Efficiency Study to Belcarra residents at a public information meeting on March 5th at the municipal Hall.)
In November I reported that Council awarded a contract to Foreshore Technologies Inc. to undertake an environmental assessment of the preferred option (13.5 MB) alignment of the submarine water main crossing under Indian Arm between Strathcona Road in the District of North Vancouver (DNV) and Midden Road in the Village of Belcarra, according to the following scope of work:
The Environmental Assessment Study (1.1 MB) report was also submitted in January, and provided the following summary conclusion:
(Update: Project Biologist Kurt Fehr provided an overview powerpoint presentation (1.4 MB) on the Environmental Assessment Study to Belcarra residents at a public information meeting on March 5th at the municipal Hall.)
Council will hold an information meeting at 7:30 pm on Monday, March 5th, at which the results for both the Environmental Assessment Study and the Water Use Efficiency Study will be presented and discussed by the professionals who prepared the reports. Council encourages you to mark your calendars and attend with your questions.
Residents can also expect further updates on the project as additional information becomes available.
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