OCWA reports to council

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Employees of the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) made a presentation to council on Monday, May 13, about their management of the water/wastewater treatment facility.

The 2018 report outlined no non-compliances, a 100 per cent inspection rating, zero Adverse Water Quality Incidents, and an 83 per cent reserve capacity in Merrickville’s drinking water system. The wastewater system saw a flow reduction of 27 per cent from 2017 to 2018 and OCWA is also continuing with their infiltration reduction strategy.

The smell from the facility, which has been disturbing residents over the summer for the past few years, was also addressed. They are using chemical application optimization, and tweaking their sludge hauling schedule, to mitigate the smell. The Village has also directed OCWA to go ahead with installing matting that should help with the unpleasant odour. The matting is expected to be installed in June or July of this year.

At the end of the presentation, Councillor Timothy Molloy asked the representatives from OCWA to look into ways the municipality could save costs for their ratepayers. The cost of water in the Village has been a concern for a number of years, and was a major issue brought up in the last election.

OCWA Senior Operations Manager, Shane Hogan, said he didn’t have any suggestions off hand, but would look into it and come back to staff with some numbers. “We can work with Doug [Robertson] and his team to see if there are any options,” he said.

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