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CVRD Open House at the Saltair Water Treatment Facility – 13 May 2017

The CVRD Water Dept staff hosted a very informative Open House at the Saltair Water Treatment Facility on the 13 May 2017 from 10-1 pm.  While I was at the Open House, the staff indicated that the Open House was well attended. There was coffee, tea, and those amazing muffins & scones from the Ladysmith Old Town Bakery.  There were tours of the facility with lots of great photos of the work that has been done on the Saltair Water Distribution System over the past years and the upgrades of the New Reservoir that was built in 2014.


Brian Dennison, the CVRD Water Dept Mgr., posed for a picture in front of the reservoir to indicate how large it is. The amazing part is that as large as the reservoir is it only stores enough water to supply Saltair users for one day.

Inside the plant there was a chance for people to see the UV device that is used and how the chlorine is added to our water.  One is amazed at all the pipes and other equipment to monitor the treatment systems on site.

It was a great day to find out more about the Saltair Water System Treatment Plant.  The Saltair Water Advisory Committee thanks to the CVRD staff for taking the time to come and host a great Open House here in Saltair.

Posted by the Saltair Water Advisory Committee (

Water is not just a Saltair issue

Yesterday, the Ontario government announced it would raise the fees that bottled water companies like Nestlé pay to pump out millions of litres of groundwater every day.  The new fee? One-twentieth of a penny per litre! That is less than one cent per case!  Do you think the Ontario government is serious about protecting threatened aquifers?  Neither do I.  We must keep the pressure on the Ontario government and show that we will not let it practically give water away – even in times of drought – to corporations like Nestlé, which turn around and sell it for billions in profits. You can add your voice by sending a message to the Wynne government.  Tens of thousands of people like you have already told the government that it must do more. Communities trying to save their water – with the help of the Council of Canadians – from bottled water plants, quarries and garbage dumps have complained that the government seems to rubber-stamp corporate permits with little regard for residents’ concerns. We cannot allow half measures and loophole-filled regulations. We need to phase out bottled water permits forever.  Please take a few moments to tell the Ontario government (again) that it needs to:

  • Force Nestlé to sell the Middlebrook well to the Township of Centre Wellington who need it for their drinking water.
  • Implement a permanent moratorium on new permits for single-use bottled water facilities.
  • Phase out current permits for such facilities.
  • Prioritize community use over corporate interests for water resources in Ontario.
  • Seek the free, prior and informed consent of affected Indigenous peoples.

Please send your letter today.  Thank you for taking action to protect Ontario’s water.

Mark Calzavara
Ontario-Quebec Regional Organizer

The Council of Canadians operates with no corporate donations or government funding, and always has. Our public advocacy work is proudly 100 per cent independent and sustained by generous donations from people like you.

2017 Saltair Watermain Distribution Upgrade Update

Construction of the Saltair Water System Distribution Upgrade along South Oyster School Road, from Bazan Road to Seavista Road, is anticipated to start during the week of June 19, 2017.  The winning bid went to David Stalker Excavating Ltd.  The work will consist of replacing all service connections to the property line of individual water connections as well as increasing the size of the water main from 4” to 6”.  Traffic control will be on site and disruption to traffic flow will be minimal.  As there have been two large water main breaks on South Oyster School Road, which caused massive damage to private properties in the area, this is a much-needed upgrade to the Saltair Water System’s aging infrastructure.

Posted June 6, 2017 by Saltair Water Advisory Committee (

Saltair Celebration of Volunteers and Canada 150

The SDRA is inviting volunteers (i.e., Parks Commission, Trans Canada Trail data collectors, and SWAC, APC and Society members) to a Saltair Celebration of Volunteers and Canada 150 that will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the Saltair Community Centre.  The SDRA is sponsoring this event using Area G Grant in Aid funds are from Area G taxpayers funding.  Here is a quote from the May 24, 2017 CVRD Board meeting.  “3. That a Grant-in-Aid, Electoral Area G – Saltair/Gulf Islands, in the amount of $250 be provided to Saltair Ratepayers Association to support an appreciation event for the Saltair Cycling Group and 150 Quilters and Take 5 advertising.” 

Comprehensive Building Assessment Finally Starts

Almost three years after the CVRD bought the old Mt. Breton Elementary School, a contract has been awarded to McCuaig and Associates Engineering Limited, , to undertake conditional assessment work on what is now the Saltair Community Centre building for a contract value of $16,400 (excluding taxes). There are provisions for additional work as may be directed by the CVRD. Work has started this week.  The CVRD is using Canada Works Fund money allocated to Area G to pay for the work.