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So do you believe we never needed a boil water advisory before? UBID extends BWA.

mycomoxvalleynow aka the Goat Radio station is on top of the news. We have had James Wood provide great articles on Union Bay and now we have Ashley Roberts. Kudos Ashley – thanks for covering issues important to all Union Bay landowners.

This post provides some of the water reports: https://allthingsunionbay.com/2018/10/07/providing-safe-potable-water-to-landowners-should-be-the-priority-of-the-union-bay-improvement-district-trustees-nope/

This clip from November 16, 2017 board meeting should provide proof UBID was aware there should have been a boil water advisory issued when the turbidity exceeded 1. NTU. The Chair states when the NTU’s exceed 1. NTU, “they could issue a boil water advisory, but they don’t.” That’s how concerned these guys are about the main thing they are responsible for – safe potable water. How can they claim they were only advised in August 2018?


I like this quote from the article. Will be interesting to see if the Chair is capable of responding – not something he is known for. It’s a lot harder to ignore questions from the media and this is a very good question since it is basically what Trustee Kaljur requested June 21, 2018. This is the question that has caused all the disruption at the meetings because the Chair can’t honestly address the issue. Stay tuned!

Detailed questions on the district’s past turbidity practices have been sent to the improvement district by the MyComoxValleyNow.com newsroom. According to UBID trustee board chair Ted Haraldson, responses to those questions are expected in the near future.

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UNION BAY BOIL WATER NOTICE NOT ENDING ANYTIME SOON


ASHLEY ROBERTS, STAFF THURSDAY, JAN. 24TH, 2019

 The community of Union Bay is pictured in a Goat News file photo. Photo by James Wood/98.9 The Goat/Vista Radio 

UNION BAY, B.C- Residents of Union Bay will need to keep boiling their water.

According to the latest announcement from the Union Bay Improvement District, (UBID) which serves as the area’s local government, turbidity levels have remained consistent since the boil water notice was issued in the middle of December.

The limit for issuing a boil water notice is one NTU, above the district’s past limit of three, which was changed in August.

According to Island Health, the switch to a limit of one was made across British Columbia in November of 2012, with a new turbidity tree in early 2013. Since that change, individual water systems have been working towards a limit of one NTU, which was why UBID’s limit changed in the summer.

“The boil water notice will remain in place until turbidity levels have dropped, which is something UBID can not predict as it is related to weather patterns,” read the announcement.

“UBID has increased monitoring of the system and there have been no positive test results for total coliforms or E. coli on the distribution system. We appreciate your patience.”

Detailed questions on the district’s past turbidity practices have been sent to the improvement district by the MyComoxValleyNow.com newsroom. According to UBID trustee board chair Ted Haraldson, responses to those questions are expected in the near future.

Haraldson also indicated that the trustee board’s latest public meeting video and agenda will be released in the next few days, though he couldn’t say exactly when.

The meeting had been closed to the public over concerns of heckling, and then moved to Courtenay without notice, due to fears of disruption.

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Adding to Kaljur’s post about boil water advisory – what about May 2017 BWA?

Wanted to add a bit to the post Susanna made: https://unionbay.news.blog/2019/01/22/no-boil-water-notice-in-40-years-states-ubid-chair-haraldson-sounds-reassuring-doesnt-it/

Regarding the claim UBID hasn’t had a boil water advisory in 40 years. I came across the following when I was trying to find a document which has disappeared and thought it might be under ‘News’. Here’s a link to the document and please note, it is incorrectly titled May 2010 but when you open the document it is clearly May 2017. https://drive.google.com/file/d/15vQW1eM9qGvQJqQYdCOFTWwDMcyySap0/view?usp=drivesdk

Guess the current Chair was out of town at the time so if he didn’t know, it didn’t happen according to the screwy reasoning practiced by this dysfunctional board.

BOIL WATER ADVISORY – MAY 2017. The current Admin had to know about this since he transferred the document over to the new website Nov. 2017. One of the few, since he deleted or instructed the deletion of most of the information available on the old website.

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Only takes an entire week for UBID to post signs for Boil Water Advisory

Why anyone believes these people know what they’re doing is a mystery to me. They couldn’t even follow their own “Emergency Response & Contingency Plan for UBID’s Water Source and Supply System” of November 2018.

This is the page they failed to follow for an entire week. These are the people you believe are making sure the water you consume is safe and yet they have chosen to ignore the 2013 Turbidity Tree for 5 years and if it wasn’t for Trustee Susanna Kaljur, they would have continued. The risk isn’t to those of us who are relatively healthy, it’s to protect those who have compromised immune systems including the very young and very old.

They have been aware of the 2013 Turbidity Tree according to Trustee Susanna Kaljur who has confirmed it was discussed at numerous meetings with Island Health with the Water Superintendent present – so why have they been screwing up and hiding it? Kaljur’s blog is at: https://unionbay.news.blog

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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.

 

 

 

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Union Bay Improvement District – months of boil water ahead again this year?

Another cartoon for Union Bay – the joke of the Comox Valley https://image.issuu.com/191024194524-ad58f09f476d929b6499605978ff631d/jpg/page_8.jpg

Previous posts about boil water advisories: https://allthingsunionbay.com/?s=boil+water+advisory

Remember all the congratulations and trustees patting themselves on the back about the water treatment plant and no more boil water advisories? At the Oct. 2017 meeting when the agreement with KIP was announced, the chair said UBID might meet the Aug. 2018 deadline to have a plant up and running. He said they could have shovels in the ground in Jan. or Feb. 2018.

Well, they sat on their asses for months before finally getting around to actually planning the system. Then landowners were told it would be in 2019, now we hear it will be early 2020.

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UBID still can’t honestly answer questions about turbidity testing. Keep boiling that water!

Why didn’t they post the ‘new’ regulation of 1. NTU if it came into effect in August 2018. Where is it?

Still can’t provide honest answers about the turbidity testing previously done by the water superintendent. Their own video confirms they knew they ‘could’ issue a boil water advisory, but they don’t. What are they afraid of?

As for what the district did in the past ten years when a limit of one NTU was exceeded, their statement read that any time turbidity levels exceeded the standard of the time, the health authourities were contacted.

Signs were placed as quickly as possible? Placed once they actually had them which was NOT the case. You can’t claim all boil notification went out in 2 – 3 hours if you didn’t have the signs or follow their own Emergency Response Contingency Plan. What’s the point of having a plan without the tools necessary to implement the plan?

“All businesses were contacted as per indicated in the ERCP (Emergency Response Contingency Plan) and signs were placed as quickly as possible along with an updated notice on the website and contact was made with the media. There is no actual timeline for when these activities should happen. Being the first time UBID has issued a notice to boil water there will be some revisions to the process. We are happy with our response from time from the issue to boil all notifications having gone out (2-3 hours).”

NO TIMELINE ON BOIL-WATER NOTICE ENDING IN UNION BAY: UBID


James Wood

JAMES WOOD, STAFF WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30TH, 2019

 The community of Union Bay is pictured in a Goat News file photo. Photo by James Wood/98.9 The Goat/Vista Radio 

UNION BAY, B.C- There is no firm timeline on when the boil water notice will end in Union Bay.

That’s according to the Union Bay Improvement District (UBID) who replied to a list of emailed questions sent by the MyComoxValleyNow.com newsroom earlier in January.

The district has said there is no timeline that can be put on water quality notifications, except for specific situations, such as planned maintenance.

The current boil water notice was issued due to turbidity levels that were higher than the system’s current standard of one NTU, which was switched from a three-NTU limit in August by Island Health.

“The decision to lift the boil water notice is ultimately a decision made by our drinking water officer,” said the district.

As for what the district did in the past ten years when a limit of one NTU was exceeded, their statement read that any time turbidity levels exceeded the standard of the time, the health authourities were contacted.

The district also touched on their notification practices for the boil-water notice, after some members of the Union Bay area had been concerned about the way notification was handled.

“The emergency plan was followed,” read the district’s statement.

“All businesses were contacted as per indicated in the ERCP (Emergency Response Contingency Plan) and signs were placed as quickly as possible along with an updated notice on the website and contact was made with the media. There is no actual timeline for when these activities should happen. Being the first time UBID has issued a notice to boil water there will be some revisions to the process. We are happy with our response from time from the issue to boil all notifications having gone out (2-3 hours).”

The district statement also indicated that the UBID trustees did not have to be notified about the boil water notice. Instead, staff are meant to contact the chair of the trustee board, who is the channel between staff and the rest of the board.

Asked about testing being conducted on water from Langley Lake, the area’s water source, the district said that turbidity still exceeds Island Health parameters, and total coliform testing had results within water quality parameters.

The final question asked about when a report on the district’s turbidity tree would be available to residents. In reply, the district stated that their turbidity tree can be seen online, and in the district office.

An assessment report on Union Bay’s entire water system is still being reviewed by external agencies.

“This report must be approved by the drinking water office prior to release,” said the district.