Big tax increase – Deep dive!

Read the UBID Water Treatment Plant Executive Summary detailing how much we will pay in interest charges. This information is critical to all of you! Landowners are expected to have this information BEFORE they vote on April 9 and April 20 as well as before the Annual General Meeting April 25, 2019. The Summary cost landowners $9000 to produce and when public funds are spent for a report, the report must be released in full

The Bad News: Interest we will pay in 5 years is $566,640.00 with $3 million dollars still owing! By the end of 25 years landowners will have paid over $2,266,260 in interest alone.

More Bad News: We did not need to pay those interest charges!

The Good News: We can become a service area of the CVRD and be eligible for infrastructure grants and municipal financing which is 2% below prime. Imagine paying only 1.49% interest rate instead of the 3.49% quoted in the summary. A huge savings in borrowing costs.

More Great News: We have fulfilled the Ministry requirement of waiting until after the October 2018 Municipal Elections as well the Water Treatment Plant is “well under way”. Nothing is holding us back from proceeding with the letter to do a study of the pros and cons of becoming a service area of the CVRD. Union Bay would also become eligible for Infrastructure Grants. For local reference both Cumberland and the CVRD received 75 to 80% in grants alone in 2017 and 2018.

Where is the watershed protection plan?

We paid for it and as stakeholders which should have had input on it as well as access to the report. It should be handed out at the January Board meeting and posted on the website.
The UBID majority are irresponsible by not making Sonja’s UBID’s watershed protection plan public.   Ever since October 2016 election there has not been one single committee meeting event though we have a ‘public works committee’ chaired by Loxam and the fire committee chaired by Bitten. 
What a sad state of affairs, but no surprise.

Water Women Consulting was hired to provide the Water Portection Plan. Where is it? Pages from Sept. 2018 approved minutes.

From Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act:

NOTE: (2) The head of a public body must not refuse to disclose under subsection (1)

Policy advice or recommendations
13   (1) The head of a public body may refuse to disclose to an applicant information that would reveal advice or recommendations developed by or for a public body or a minister.
(2) The head of a public body must not refuse to disclose under subsection (1)
(a)any factual material,
(b)a public opinion poll,
(c)a statistical survey,
(d)an appraisal,
(e)an economic forecast,
(f)an environmental impact statement or similar information,
(g)a final report or final audit on the performance or efficiency of a public body or on any of its policies or its programs or activities,
(h)a consumer test report or a report of a test carried out on a product to test equipment of the public body,
(i)a feasibility or technical study, including a cost estimate, relating to a policy or project of the public body,
(j)a report on the results of field research undertaken before a policy proposal is formulated,
(k)a report of a task force, committee, council or similar body that has been established to consider any matter and make reports or recommendations to a public body,
(l)a plan or proposal to establish a new program or activity or to change a program or activity, if the plan or proposal has been approved or rejected by the head of the public body,
(m)information that the head of the public body has cited publicly as the basis for making a decision or formulating a policy, or
(n)a decision, including reasons, that is made in the exercise of a discretionary power or an adjudicative function and that affects the rights of the applicant.
(3) Subsection (1) does not apply to information in a record that has been in existence for 10 or more years.



http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/96165_02#section4

UBID Emergency Response Plan November 2018

NOTE; As a trustee I was never sent this Emergency Response Plan document nor informed that it existed. Alarmingly, the board was not informed of the Boil Water Notice until 5:41 pm. Dec. 17, 2018. This Is over 2 days late. The boil water notice was sent Saturday at 2:06 pm. As a landowner do you find this acceptable??

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sLqkgeDVP-77fmhT9VqSbOITPTTx9G5n/view

Notice plan (task table) on page 8. Note requirement to post signs on highway.  Was not done as of 2:30 today.

Boil Water Advisory update

I have heard from several landowners regarding notice of boil water postings. Thank you!  The Kilmarnock Area has no Boil Water Notices beyond Spindrift Road and Argyle Road.  The entire middle section of the Craigdaroch/Kilmarnock area has no BWN by the post boxes on Arran Road, Montrose Road and Kilmarnock Road to Inverness.  This represents approx 150 households; not notified!  

That is close to 20% of union bay’s population and that is just one location.  What about Mystery Beach area?

great response!
— 
Susanna Kaljur – “Nevertheless, she persisted”

https://www.mycomoxvalleynow.com/47070/union-bay-boil-water-notice-not-ending-anytime-soon/

UNION BAY BOIL WATER NOTICE NOT ENDING ANYTIME SOON


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James Wood

JAMES WOOD, STAFF MONDAY, DEC. 17TH, 2018

 The community of Union Bay is pictured in a Goat News file photo. Photo by James Wood/98.9 The Goat/Vista Radio 

UNION BAY, B.C- Residents of Union Bay will be boiling their water for the foreseeable future.

That’s according to Danny McGill, the public works superintendent for the Union Bay Improvement District (UBID).

According to the district, the boil water notice is effective for all users of the district’s water system. The system runs from the north end of Kilmarnock, south to the Buckley Bay rest stop.

The notice has been issued due to unacceptable levels of turbidity, caused by recent heavy rains. Union Bay switched in August of this year to a standard of 1 NTU or less for unacceptable levels, after previously adhering to a standard of 3 NTU’s.

McGill told the MyComoxValleyNow.com newsroom that the NTU readings from Langley Lake, the district’s water source, were at 1.5 as of 11:00 on Saturday morning. He said it was hard to say when the notice would end, as it takes a while for turbidity to settle.

“It’s mother nature that we’re dealing with here,” said McGill.

“If we get another big storm front, it could do exactly what it did to us on Saturday. Our levels have been dropping quite good, but if it rains again like it did before, it could be on for a week or more.”

McGill also indicated that Union Bay has been below 1.0 NTU’s throughout 2018, though in years previous they had gone over that limit, though that was before the switch in August.

“With the new regulations set out, we’re at 1.0, and that’s what we have to stick by, and that’s what we’re doing,” said McGill.

He believed residents of the area shouldn’t be concerned about NTU levels from the past.

“In the past, VIHA (Island Health) has been well aware of our levels,” said McGill.

“Our bacteriological samples are all negative, and we do a lot of sampling down here.”

He indicated that all the bacteriological samples from the past few days have not shown anything concerning.

As for how the community was notified, McGill believed it was adequate. Notices had been posted on mailboxes throughout the water system area, and radio stations had been contacted. Some residents had been concerned, however, about a lack of notice and the mailbox messages not being seen.

In response to those concerns, McGill said he was sure things “could always be better” but also said UBID’s website and their email notices were useful.

“It’s a pretty small community, word travels pretty quick around here,” said McGill.

Sampling continues daily, and McGill said that UBID is in “constant communication” with Island Health.

Updates on the boil water situation will be relayed to the community as quickly as possible.

Union Bay Water Source for Potable Water

The following is a ‘Minority Report’ as I am the twice elected trustee of  Union Bay Improvement District.  UBID is responsible for potable water, fire prevention services and street lights.  Potable water is a serious responsibility and I feel landowners deserve factual information based on evidence regarding the quality and quantity of our drinking water as well as a full disclosure of the true cost of the build out of the treatment plant. The following is my opinion based on facts, evidence and personal experience.  I am not speaking on behalf of the UBID Board.  

Constructive solutions based comments are encouraged.  This is our community and our water.

Susanna Kaljur

The water source for our potable water in Union Bay.

Boil Water Advisory for Union Bay!

The following is a ‘Minority Report’ as I am the twice elected trustee of  Union Bay Improvement District.  UBID is responsible for potable water, fire prevention services and street lights.  Potable water is a serious responsibility and I feel landowners deserve factual information based on evidence regarding the quality and quantity of our drinking water as well as a full disclosure of the true cost of the build out of the treatment plant. The following is my opinion based on facts, evidence and personal experience.  I am not speaking on behalf of the UBID Board.  

Constructive solutions based comments are encouraged.  This is our community and our water.

Susanna Kaljur

Finally UBID is following the 2013 Turbidity Tree Protocol as recent NTU measurements are greater than 1. which has led to a BOIL WATER ADVISORY!  Note Union Bay does not disclose what the NTU measurements are which finally prompted the BWN.  Why?

Questions:

How many landowners are aware of the Boil Water Advisory?

There is no notice by my mailbox, what about yours?

How were the restaurants and business’s who serve the public water notified?  Were they notified?

How were seniors with no computers notified? As a good neighbour please inform them of the BWN.

The elderly and young, due to compromised immune systems, are the most vulnerable to pathogens in drinking water.

https://union-bay.ca

-Boil Water Notice –

For immediate release

December 15th, 2018

The Union Bay Improvement District (UBID) in consultation with Island Health has issued a Boil Water Notice for all users of the UBID water system. Affected users are those connected to the water system, which extends from the north end of Kilmarnock to the south end at the Buckley Bay rest stop. 

The boil water notice has been issued due to unacceptable levels of turbidity. The regulatory health standard for turbidity is 1 NTU or less. 

It is advised to boil water for one minute prior to consumption or prior to washing vegetables, teeth brushing or food preparation

UBID is continually monitoring the water quality and will provide updates as they become available. Watch for updates at www.union-bay.ca and listen to your local radio stations for more information. 

This notice is effective until further notice. 

Map of distribution area

Media contact: Danny McGill, Superintendent of Waterworks, 250-218-5127

About turbidity

Union Bay Improvement District is in the design phase of constructing a water treatment plant that will include processes which will greatly reduce the occurrence of water quality advisories. The design will be released for tender in January 2019 with an anticipated construction start in March 2019.  

New health regulations require that a turbidity level of 1 NTU initiates a response chain, which starts with increased communications between the water supplier and the health authorities. UBID has adopted a rigid Turbidity Response Tree that adheres to current regulations and have been approved by the Drinking Water Officer at Island Health. High turbidity can interfere with the treatment process and the disinfection of water with chlorine by creating a ‘hiding place’ for potential pathogens. 

Turbidity is measure of lights scattered by the size and number of particles present in raw water. This could be an indication of activity in the lake and / or watershed. Heavy rains storms can stir up the lake, elk can create turbidity plumes by walking through a tributary, road activity – driving, off-road vehicles – can all lead to a situation where the turbidity level rises in Langley Lake.  

The suspected cause for the increase in turbidity is the heavy rainfall and winds. 

UBID has increased monitoring of turbidity, bacteriological samples and chlorine residue and will continue to update those affected of any changes. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.: How do I boil tap water so that it is safe to consume? 

Tap water should be boiled for one minute. Use any clean pot or kettle.  Kettles that have automatic shut offs are acceptable.  After boiling, let the water cool by leaving it on the counter or in the refrigerator in covered containers. After water is boiled it can be stored in food grade containers at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

Q.: When will the notice be lifted? 

The notice will be lifted once the health authorities, in conjunction with the Superintendent of Waterworks, have concluded that the potential risk has been mitigated. 

Q.: What are the health risks during a boil water notice? 

The health risks associated with ingesting water that has not been boiled are hard to estimate.  The Notice was issued because conditions exist that make it impossible to ensure the safety of the water without boiling it first.  The risk could be low if no actual contamination occurred or very high if pathogens are present.  However, you can be confident that boiling your tap water for one minute is sufficient to destroy any pathogens that are present in the water.

It is important to note that Boil Water Notices are specific to microbiological threats. They are not appropriate to address threats from chemical contamination. Boiling chemically contaminated water will only result in the chemical becoming more concentrated or release the chemical into the air where it could be inhaled.  In such cases a different kind of Notice would be used.

Q.: What should I do once the notice has been lifted? 

Island Health FAQs, here