Since elected as trustee in October 2016 the UBID Board has met on several (2 – 3) times with Island Health (aka VIHA) where discussions regarding the 2013 Turbidity Tree, what it is and why it is important, took place at each of these meetings. The trustees, administration and water works superintendent were present at these meetings. (2016, 2017 and 2018) The turbidity protocol was developed by the Ministry of Health in April 2013, and it applies to all who hold a water license in BC (that includes UBID, CVRD etc.).
There was never any mention at any meetings with Island Health that UBID was exempt from the protocol!
Over the past 10 months I have attempted at several Board Meetings to discuss the Turbidity Tree and to receive a report from the Water Superintendent regarding past practice regarding the multiple times the NTU’s have been greater than 1.0 NTU’s every winter for the past 5 years at least. In June 21, 2018 the board unanimously voted to have this report.
To date no report has been received explaining why and on what basis did Union Bay chose to ignore the 2013 Turbidity Tree Protocol and not issue a boil water notices for the past five years!
Instead I have been shut down, interrupted, talked-over, silenced, insulted, harassed, ejected and ruled (without procedural basis) ‘Out of Order’! Chair Haraldson has even threatened to call the police.
I will not be silenced, our water is our everything. It is up to each of us to protect it.