There’s lots of activity planned for the sewage treatment centre and landfill area.
Whistler is working on a deal with Sabre owner Art Den Duyf to acquire land immediately south of the landfill site for an emergency sewage storage reservoir, as part of its overall liquid waste management plan.
The Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks approved an amendment to Whistler’s liquid waste management plan last month, and finalized an operational certificate for the wastewater treatment plant. Whistler must now increase the capacity of the treatment plant to 42,500 bed units by Dec. 31, 1997, at a cost of $10 million, and construct a landfill leachate collection system by the same date. The emergency sewage storage reservoir must be constructed by Dec. 31 1998.
Construction of the leachate collection system is scheduled for the second quarter of 1997. The leachate collection system is a key element of the landfill closure plan, which must be submitted to the Ministry of Environment prior to June 28, of this year.
The emergency sewage storage reservoir, which will be designed to hold 10 days worth of sewage, is planned for a site that Sabre Excavation is currently using as a gravel pit.
Meanwhile, the municipality’s study of phosphorus in the Cheakamus River is getting underway. The study is the most comprehensive one ever done on phosphorus levels in the Cheakamus.
Assistant Municipal Engineer Brian Barnett told council Monday that Ministry of Environment personnel are now suggesting higher levels of phosphorus may be desirable to provide nutrients in the river.
The study was supposed to take a year but Environment officials believe the study may be more valuable if done over two or three years.