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Water divisions release annual report

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Water treatment plant/waste water treatment plant manager Kevin Sutter released the annual report for the business divisions during the February 10 meeting of Estevan City Council.

The report detailed various numbers for the water divisions' operations from the past 12 months, and Sutter discussed some of the other key moments for the water department last year.

Sutter noted that the annual average for total trihalomethanes (THM) was 123 parts per billion (ppb), which remained above the maximum allowable concentration of 100 ppb. TTHMs were the only constituent that didn't meet guidelines last year.

The new water reservoir and pressure zone were completed last year, adding to the amount of water in the City's water supply, and enhancing water pressure for those who live north of the railroad tracks. Sutter said the reservoir was needed for new residential subdivisions to proceed.

Water main replacements occurred beneath 13th Avenue, Souris Avenue North and a small portion of King Street last year. A problematic dead end at the intersection of Highway 47 and Henry Street was remedied.

A fire in the electrical room at the water treatment plant in September caused significant damage, and forced a brief conserve water advisory. New switch gear will have to be designed and installed, and it will hopefully be completed by the end of June.

Other highlights from the February 10 meeting were:

*Regens Disposal's report for January showed that 3,253 blue recycling carts, with a total weight of 34,130 kilograms (about 38 tonnes) were emptied in January. The average weight per cart was 10.5 kilograms. The largest pick-up was 637 carts from the Hillside subdivision on January 6 that had a total weight of 6,510 kilograms.

*Council approved a change order request for new equipment for pressure systems associated with Estevan's new reservoir. It costs $1,858.96, but AE Engineering will pay for $930, while the City will cover the other $928.48. AE is to cover part of the costs because their design never specified the correct equipment.

*Hawk Eye Security will be awarded a $5,370 tender for fire, motion and door alarms at the water reservoirs and the waste water treatment plant.

*Six building permits worth a total of $1.61 million were issued in the first month of the year. Two single-family permits were issued this year, along with one each for multi-family, commercial, industrial and garage permits. The number of permits is up from five a year ago, but the value is down slightly from $1.66 million in 2013.

*Council gave second and third readings to a bylaw that will allow eight property owners on Jubilee Place to acquire a 1.04 parcel of land. Councillor Greg Hoffort described it as a win-win situation, as the property owners get what they want, and the City sells a parcel of land that wasn't being used.

 


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