REPORTING · 26th March 2014
Council was housekeeping through past motions on Monday, March 24th. One of the topics was a sewage system for Cablecar. Councillor Mary Murphy wanted this project to go through a poll of the residents of Cablecar.
The memo to Council explained this was brought forward from a concern that a septic discharge may reach the surface drainage system. While it is possible for septic systems to fail, in the worst case scenario, a tile field could be installed for $15,000 to $20,000.
“Although a detailed estimate has not been prepared for a sewage system to collect and pump the sewage to the town site for treatment, a preliminary calculation indicated it would be in the range of $5,000,000. This is based on the installation of a low pressure septic tank effluent pump collection system, a sewage lift station and a force main to pump the wastes to the municipal collection and treatment system. Installation would require road crossings and road removal and replacement,” read the memo.
“Leaching was the issue for me, and we did discuss some leaching that should be ported and several people had to have their sewage replaced, so a field had to be replaced. Some people have a lot of property and some don’t and there was also a discussion on the water table was quite high in some areas. It is a concern for quite a few of the residents there and I would like to see it polled,” said Murphy.
Feldhoff stated the cost to tie the sewer system to the city was in the range of $5,000,000. He suggested there were existing mechanisms to fix leaching. He added if Cablecar was willing to pay for the system, he was all ears.
Murphy said she would investigate the estimated cost. She added some communities have had it done. Feldhoff asked where the figure came from.
Tim Gleig, District Engineer stated it was a high level estimate. Some options were more. The one he was recommending was similar to the one in Strawberry Meadows, a septic tank which pumps to a collection system under the roadway. The road will have to have crossings. The waste will have to be pumped to a central area and then pumped to town.
Doing this would add to the waste already collected and would most likely have to be pumped to Quatsino to get into the system. The cost was based on the waterline to Cablecar. “It’s low if anything. It’s not high,” said Gleig.
Feldhoff suggested if the Crossroads Development took place and they were able to agree, would it be easier to tie their system to Cablecar. Gleig estimated it would knock 2 miles off the main. However, the trenching would have to go along the existing road way opposite the water main. In the case of a new subdivision, this would be installed before the road works.
“Once you trench a road, it’s always going to sag or heave,” said Gleig.
He did not think there were enough people out there having problems to make this prudent. Murphy added the lake was on the same deal but had to go into holding tanks to avoid seepage. Cablecar is close to the river so she wanted to see it investigated.
Feldhoff stated he believes the people who are on septic systems should not be paying general funds towards the city’s sewer system. Twice if the cost of having their septic tanks emptied is also factored in. On the other hand, if they were paying into the sewer system, there should be a collective desire to take care of their septic.
Finally, Council decided to put the topic on a list of topics they wished administration to monitor. The motion was called and carried.
Comment by Cablecar resident on 2nd April 2014
Cable car does not need to be tied into municipal waste services in order for it to be monitored. Mr. Feldhoff was right in some respects, that cable car residents shouldn't be paying into the municipal waste budget. A rebate would be great, however, they would still not be able to "monitor" if people are taking care of their septic fields. So here is an idea for you council members - perhaps the DOK should take the tax dollars the cable car residents pay and have our tanks "pumped" for us. One side of the subdivision each year. That way, every two years you know everyone has been cleaned out. It is only $175 through Norco Septic Services to have this done per household. I bet if they really thought it out, they could use the Vactor truck the DOK already owns and they could do it themselves. Maybe that would even create a job or two for more district workers. Think about it. $175 per cable car household every two years versus a 5 million dollar price tag. Hmmm. I know what makes sense to me.