Town sticks to payment deadline for village water project

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Homeowners in Chalk River who are hooked up to the drinking water system will be paying upfront for a major fix at the village’s water treatment plant.

And, judging from the sentiments expressed at a special council meeting last week, many people aren’t happy with the amount they’re being asked to pay, or the timing of the payments.

The meeting was held on last Wednesday night, and was billed as an information session in regards to the costs associated with the need to replace a filter tank at the water treatment plant on Railway Street.

The town, working with Jp2g Consultants, contracted an independent engineer last year to assess the condition of one of the two filter tanks at the plant.

That assessment found the tank’s base and wall to be “severely compromised” due to corrosion and heavy delamination, where the metal was fracturing into layers.

Based on that assessment, it was recommended the filter tank be taken out of service.

“The tank is an integral part of the drinking water system, and must be replaced,” the town stated in a handout to the roughly 40 people who attended the meeting at the Lions Hall…

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