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Generous, caring, committed, AMAZING.  Those are the words to describe the large crowd of Westport and North Crosby residents who came to the Cove Country Inn for the community rally to raise money for the Canadian Red Cross and its humanitarian support the Refugees from Syria and area.  The donations from tonight are still being totalled, however it sounds like over $25,000 in donations were raised tonight.  You read that correctly – over $25,000!!!!  Added to the $16,500 matching funds gives a total over $41,000.  After the Canadian government matches, we will be sending around $82,000 to help the refugees.

Generous, caring, committed, AMAZING and, did I say generous -those are the words to describe my friends, neighbours, kindred souls.  Seriously – when we work together – we can accomplish significant goals.  Give yourself a pat on the back!  Thank you everyone.

OPP MEDIA RELEASE – re: B&E in Westport Oct 30 2015

From the OPP –

If you have any information, pls contact the police at the numbers given at the end of the media release.

FROM/DE: Leeds OPP DATE: 30 October 2015

(LEEDS, ON.) –   Officers of the Rideau Lakes Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are continuing an investigation where a female suspect broke into a Westport residence and assaulted the homeowner.
On the 29th of October 2015 at about 10:35 PM Ontario Provincial Police officers were called to the Village of Westport after a female entered a residence, stole a small quantity of money, and became involved in a physical altercation with the homeowner. She left the scene on foot.
The victim received minor injuries and did not require medical treatment.
Description: –
Female – Caucasian – 5’4 to 5’6 Medium build – 120 – 140 pounds
– 25 to 28 years old – Shoulder length black hair – Black vinyl or leather coat – puffy – Blue jeans – Cell phone with lime green case – Clear speech
– Possible injury to forehead or top of head
Members of the OPP Canine, Emergency Response Team, and OPP Identification Unit attended for further investigation.
Anyone with information about this is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
The investigation continues.
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Contact:  PC Sandra Barr 613-340-3905

Grand Opening of Dale and Lois Lyons’ Buggy and Cutter Warehouse

Congratulations to Dale and Lois Lyons, who have realized a long time dream today when they opened the doors to a new warehouse for their antique and restored buggies and cutters.  These beautiful and historical vehicles are now under one roof at 20 Rideau St.  Great turnout of community members and friends for the opening, including MPP Steve Clarke who cut the ribbon with Mayor Robin Jones.

ribbon cutting


Let’s Talk about Sump Pumps

If you use a sump pump in your basement, it is illegal to drain the water into the sanitary sewer. Period.

In 2015, Mayor and Council of the Village of Westport offered a 3-year interest free loan of up to $1000 to assist residents to convert illegal sumps and amnesty from prosecution.  Not one person has accepted this offer.  It is difficult to understand, in a community as small as ours, why people are not being part of the solution to the high unnecessary flows to the waste water treatment plant.  Perhaps some just don’t understand how their continued use of illegal sump pumps contribute in a significant way to the costs we pay for our waste water treatment.  Perhaps some people don’t know what to look for in their basement.  Here is some information that will help everyone understand the significance of the problems caused by illegal sump pumps.

What are inflow and infiltration?

Inflow and infiltration are terms used to describe the ways that groundwater and storm water enter the sanitary sewer system. Inflow is water that is dumped into the sewer system through improper connections, such as downspouts and groundwater sump pumps. Infiltration is groundwater that enters the sewer system through leaks in the pipe. All of this water is called “clear water” (although it may be dirty) to distinguish it from sanitary sewage.

Why is this water a problem?

Clear water belongs in storm sewers or on the surface of the ground, and not in the sanitary sewers.  When clear water gets into the sanitary sewers, it must be moved and treated like sanitary waste.  This is expensive to treat and limits the capacity of the lagoons for their intended use.

What is a sanitary sewer?

A sanitary sewer is a pipe located in the street or easement that is designed solely to transport wastewater from sanitary fixtures inside your house or place of business.  Sanitary fixtures include toilets, sinks, bathtubs, showers and lavatories.

What is a storm sewer?

A storm sewer is a pipe designed to carry rainwater away.  Storm sewers are normally much larger than sanitary sewers because they are designed to carry much larger amounts of water.  Drainage ditches and swales perform the same function in many neighborhoods.

What is an improper connection to the sanitary sewer system?

An improper connection permits water from sources other than sanitary fixtures and floor drains to enter the sanitary sewer system.  That water should be going to the storm sewer or allowed to soak into the ground without entering the sanitary sewer.   What are different types of improper sanitary sewer connections? Some examples of improper connections include downspouts, groundwater sump pumps, foundation drains, drains from window wells and outdoor basement stairwells and drains from driveways.

Where should the water from downspouts, groundwater sump pumps, and/or other clear water sources be directed?

The Village of Westport’s by-law requires this water to be diverted to storm sewers or above-ground drainage.

Why is it important for everyone to remove improper connections?

Removing improper connections will significantly reduce the flow of clear water to the sanitary sewer system.  This will reduce overloaded sanitary sewers and lessen the amount of water that has to be treated.

Do improper connections really contribute large amounts of clear water to the sanitary sewer system?

Yes, and here’s why: An eight-inch sanitary sewer can handle domestic wastewater flow from up to 200 homes, but only eight sump pumps, operating at full capacity, or six homes with downspouts connected to the sewers, will overload this same eight-inch line. Think of it this way Westport has approximately 240 sewer connections. Just 8 sump pumps operating illegally carries the same amount of clean water to the sanitary sewer system as the rest of the village.  We have seen the numbers rise from a normal flow of 300 cu m/day to 1200 and 1300 cu m/day when sump pumps are working.  A recent article in The Review Mirror estimated that 40% of volume processed at the waste water treatment is clear water.  40%!  The math is simple.  In 2014, 73,887 cu m was pumped from the water wells. A total of 117,388 cu m made it to the sewage lagoons.

How much of this is infiltration? (groundwater that enters the sewer system through leaks in the pipe)

At the August Committee of the Whole, Council agreed to move forward and seek proposals from consultants on how best to determine the degree of infiltration.  In the Village of Westport, the sanitary sewer pipes are all plastic and less than 40 years old.  There are five major methods: dye testing, television inspection, smoke testing and flow monitoring and visual inspection when meter reading. Council hopes to have information from the consultants to consider by early November.

Where does your sump pump dump?