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Hauling from lagoons to begin on Wednesday

The warm weather this winter and equipment freeze ups have made it very difficult to process effluent at the WWTP.  To date we have only processed a small amount of effluent and the lagoons are at 95.5% full.  According to our processing schedule, the lagoons should be down to 75% by January 18.  At Committee of the Whole on Monday night, we reviewed the activity from the previous 3 years at the WWTP and have serious concerns about the volume of effluent in the lagoons.  One of the major issues is that the flows to the plant have been 2 1/2 times higher in December than in November.  There is little doubt that sump pumps emptying into the system are partly to blame.

With the unpredictability of both the weather and our equipment, we made the decision to haul 10,000 cubic metres from the WWTP to Smiths Falls, beginning tomorrow (Wednesday).  We simply could not risk another weather event like last week’s torrential rains.  We will continue to process effluent at every opportunity.The cost of hauling is grant eligible from the money that we have received for remediation to the lagoons.

I will keep you updated on our progress throughout the winter.  Please contact the Councillor of your choice or me (273-9195) if you have any questions.


On Friday, December 11, AECOM provided a thorough briefing on what reports, studies and information were used by the Technical Support Team and itself to make the recommendation to Council for the rehabilitation of the Village of Westport’s wastewater treatment system.  Councillors spent a couple of hours asking well thought out and probative questions of the AECOM representatives and by 4:30 p.m. were satisfied with the recommendation and passed a resolution supporting the continued use of the 2 existing lagoon cells and a new large subsurface disposal system.

All information and reports produced for the EA are on the Village website.  Please feel free to contact me if you have questions at 613-273-9195.

Thanks to the many members of the public who were present at this meeting.

Special recognition and appreciation to all members of the Technical Support Team for their hard work, including Village residents Dr Nancy Martin, Scott Bryce and Chair Glenn Allen.

Full Environmental Assessment Briefing to Council


On Friday, December 11 @ 2:00 p.m., at a Special Committee of the Whole, Consultants from AECOM will be providing Council with a briefing on the Class C Environment Assessment in regard to the Waste Water Treatment Plant.  This briefing will include its recommendation on the alternate solution.

The meeting is open to the public, of course, and you are welcome to attend at the Council Chambers if you want to hear the “full story” of the work that AECOM and the Technical Support Committee have been doing this year and its recommended alternate solution for the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

I hope that you will join us.