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Union Bay Trustee introduces her new blog.

 Just received this email from Trustee Susanna Kaljur introducing her new blog.  Since she has  been muzzled by the bullies on this board, preventing her from speaking at meetings, she has found a platform to engage landowners and residents of Union Bay.  

As a landowner and as trustee in Union Bay I have found my voice silenced unfairly and without merit or basis in proper procedure.  I have therefore begun my own blog which I am pleased to introduce today.  This blog represents my opinions which are based on facts, evidence and personal experience.  I am not speaking on behalf of Union Bay Improvement District of which I am an elected Trustee.  I am expressing my own concerns about our drinking water, watershed protection and governance irregularities. All these are matters of  public interest. 

That’s you.  You have the right to be informed.

https://unionbay.news.blog/


Susanna Kaljur

Posted in UBID

New blog for Union Bay

Looks like Trustee Susanna Kaljur has decided to speak directly to the landowners and residents of Union Bay since she has been prevented from speaking about issues important to Union Bay landowners.

Now we can find out what’s going on directly from a trustee who believes in accountability, transparency and honesty.

Check out her blog at https://unionbay.news.blog

Posted in UBID

Proof Union Bay Improvement District has been hiding/ignoring water health – issues boil water advisory

So how many times in the last five years have we consumed water that is considered unsafe?  We wouldn’t know anything about this if Trustee Kaljur hadn’t raised the issue June 21, 2018 and the rest of the trustees trying to prevent her from speaking up ever since.

Look at the way Kaljur was attacked for trying to get the report from the Water Superintendent which was passed unanimously June 21, 2018. Chair claims the water is tested daily and there is nothing wrong with the water.

Think of how many residents have compromised immune systems and have NEVER been advised the water was not tested when turbidity was above 1. NTU.  Just not done – by choice.  The Water Superintendent has never taken any action even when the turbidity was almost 3. NTU according to previous water reports.  Why has this happened and why won’t this board discuss it?

What plans do they have in place when a boil water advisory is issued?  There are folks who sign up for email notices from UBID.  Heard some notices were put up around Kilmarnock.  What other means are used to notify the public?  How long will it take for everyone to be advised?

 

https://union-bay.ca

-Boil Water Notice –

For immediate release

December 15th, 2018

The Union Bay Improvement District (UBID) in consultation with Island Health has issued a Boil Water Notice for all users of the UBID water system. Affected users are those connected to the water system, which extends from the north end of Kilmarnock to the south end at the Buckley Bay rest stop.

The boil water notice has been issued due to unacceptable levels of turbidity. The regulatory health standard for turbidity is 1 NTU or less.

It is advised to boil water for one minute prior to consumption or prior to washing vegetables, teeth brushing or food preparation

UBID is continually monitoring the water quality and will provide updates as they become available. Watch for updates at www.union-bay.ca and listen to your local radio stations for more information.

This notice is effective until further notice.

Map of distribution area

Media contact: Danny McGill, Superintendent of Waterworks, 250-218-5127

About turbidity

Union Bay Improvement District is in the design phase of constructing a water treatment plant that will include processes which will greatly reduce the occurrence of water quality advisories. The design will be released for tender in January 2019 with an anticipated construction start in March 2019. 

New health regulations require that a turbidity level of 1 NTU initiates a response chain, which starts with increased communications between the water supplier and the health authorities. UBID has adopted a rigid Turbidity Response Tree that adheres to current regulations and have been approved by the Drinking Water Officer at Island Health. High turbidity can interfere with the treatment process and the disinfection of water with chlorine by creating a ‘hiding place’ for potential pathogens.

Turbidity is measure of lights scattered by the size and number of particles present in raw water. This could be an indication of activity in the lake and / or watershed. Heavy rains storms can stir up the lake, elk can create turbidity plumes by walking through a tributary, road activity – driving, off-road vehicles – can all lead to a situation where the turbidity level rises in Langley Lake.  

The suspected cause for the increase in turbidity is the heavy rainfall and winds.

UBID has increased monitoring of turbidity, bacteriological samples and chlorine residue and will continue to update those affected of any changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.: How do I boil tap water so that it is safe to consume?

Tap water should be boiled for one minute. Use any clean pot or kettle.  Kettles that have automatic shut offs are acceptable.  After boiling, let the water cool by leaving it on the counter or in the refrigerator in covered containers. After water is boiled it can be stored in food grade containers at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

Q.: When will the notice be lifted?

The notice will be lifted once the health authorities, in conjunction with the Superintendent of Waterworks, have concluded that the potential risk has been mitigated.

Q.: What are the health risks during a boil water notice?

The health risks associated with ingesting water that has not been boiled are hard to estimate.  The Notice was issued because conditions exist that make it impossible to ensure the safety of the water without boiling it first.  The risk could be low if no actual contamination occurred or very high if pathogens are present.  However, you can be confident that boiling your tap water for one minute is sufficient to destroy any pathogens that are present in the water.

It is important to note that Boil Water Notices are specific to microbiological threats. They are not appropriate to address threats from chemical contamination. Boiling chemically contaminated water will only result in the chemical becoming more concentrated or release the chemical into the air where it could be inhaled.  In such cases a different kind of Notice would be used.

Q.: What should I do once the notice has been lifted?

  • Run cold-water faucets and drinking fountains for one minute before using the water
  • Drain and flush all ice-making machines in your refrigerator
  • Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle
  • Drain and refill hot water tanks set below 45 C (normal setting is 60 C)
  • Change any pre-treatment filters (under sink style and refrigerator water filters, carbon block, activated carbon, sediment filters, etc.)

Island Health FAQs, here

This is what the Chair published Oct. 30, 2018, trying to justify not adhering to the 2013 Turbidity Tree claiming there hasn’t been a boil water advisory for 40 years.  Well, if you’re not testing the water to confirm it’s safe, then I doubt there would be a boil water advisory.

 

 

 

Posted in UBID

Union Bay Improvement District claims “recent changes to acceptable levels of turbidity”

Since June 21, 2018, we have been waiting for a report from the Water Superintendent to provide details as to how the water is monitored and the levels of turbidity that are in excess of what is standard across all of Canada since 2013.  Five years completely ignoring the rules and this is the best they can do – telling you that if the reading exceeds 1. NTU, contact will be made with the Drinking Water Officer.

Why don’t they explain the hazards of turbidity?  Bacteria attaches itself to the particles from the turbidity and chlorine has no effect on this bacteria.  So for the last five years the turbidity level has exceeded 1. NTU multiple times and absolutely nothing was done by this Water Superintendent.  For those with compromised immune systems – this is unacceptable.

It was Trustee Kaljur that brought this up at the June 21, 2018 meeting and the bullies on this board have consistently attempted to shut her up because they knew they were not abiding by the guidelines to provide SAFE POTABLE WATER to you.

The Union Bay Improvement District cannot be trusted.

Posted in Hillbilly, UBID

Dysfunctional Union Bay Improvement District Trustees on full display Nov. 15, 2018

The video of the Nov. 15, 2018 meeting should be used for training on “How NOT to run a meeting”.  This Chair made all kinds of claims about his knowledge running meetings and Robert’s Rules.  He’s clueless – doesn’t now what ‘point of order’ means.  It’s a circus and they want to blame anyone who objects to their lack of knowledge and experience.

To add to their ignorance, they actually reconvened the meeting after adjourning it at the 12:39 mark, with no explanation when the the video resumes.  So now there are private meetings for those who are told to hang around after the meeting is adjourned for regular folk.

Look at the ridiculous ‘point of order’ brought up by the regular instigator – this guy just can’t shut up at a meeting and the ignorant chair allows these clowns to take over the meetings because he doesn’t know what ‘point of order’ means!  Look how many times this guy speaks out of turn, even turns on the Goat reporter telling him to stop taking pictures.  Who’s been patting him on the head telling him how smart he is???

Then we have this contribution by someone who can hardly put two sentences together hurling personal insults at the only female on this lousy board – and again a useless chair who sits by and lets these bullies go full tilt.