The RM of Daly has declared a LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY
AT THIS TIME ALL MUNICIPAL ROADS ARE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC
DO NOT TRAVEL UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY
Road Conditions may deteriorate rapidly. Crossing through water over roads is not recommended. Please use extreme caution.
The “Boil Water Advisory” issued in our community has now surpassed 100 days. During the recent past the water quality, although the turbidity levels have been above acceptable standards, has been reasonably good. During the term of the “Advisory” we have endured many challenges at the Water Treatment Facility that include but are not limited to, failed filter media, failed chemicals, failed structure and failed equipment. The reality of the situation is that we are trying to treat water to a standard that was legislated in recent years with a treatment train that was designed to meet standards legislated sixty years ago. The issue regarding the aging Water Treatment Facility and it’s components has been under review and we are presently in the final design stage of a new Treatment Facility. At the close of 2014 we intend on having the final design completed and financial projections ready for public review. With the appropriate approvals, a community will to proceed, and acceptable financial support from the Provincial and Federal governments we could see construction commence in 2015.
Today our main focus is to stabilize our water situation so this “Advisory” can be lifted by the Office of Drinking Water. At the end of June the necessary repairs to the treatment train had been completed and the system flushed with intentions of returning water service to normal. Once again we are faced with some changes in the incoming water quality, the overland flooding and surge of water into Lake Wahtopanah this past weekend has added further complications to the situation. The chemicals typically used in the flocculation process have failed to settle out the turbidity in the incoming water. We have chemical representatives and our retained engineer working towards establishing a new strength of treatment to stabilize the turbidity. Today we are remaining optimistic that we will prevail and that our water quality will once again hold acceptable turbidity levels. In order for the Office of Drinking Water to relieve us of the “Advisory” we must prove by sample that the turbidity levels are consistently below the acceptable standard. Today we would suggest that we may achieve this by mid July.
It is not our intent to minimize the inconvenience that our citizens have endured over the last few months. Still as we reflect on what our neighboring communities are enduring we must remain thankful. As in the past it is our intent to keep people informed as we proceed. Communications vary from mail drops, local media submission, postings on social media, and of course our community web site. If you feel out of the loop on any issues feel free to contact our Town of Rivers office (328‑5250) or myself (725‑6255). Thank you for your cooperation.
Mayor of Rivers
The “Boil Water Advisory” for the Town of Rivers is a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our citizens . At this time we are unable to guarantee that our water is treated to the acceptable standards of the day. With the extreme cold we have endured this winter we have numerous by-pass lines open to prevent the freezing up of our distribution system. As a result we are now distributing water from our treatment facility faster than we can effectively treat it. Further, the temperature of the incoming water is much colder than we’ve seen in the past and is complicating the treatment process. This advisory could end up being for the short term, but, it could also quite easily be for an extended period of time and citizens should prepare themselves accordingly. If you see our Public Works team around give them a cheer. If it wasn’t for their unwavering efforts we would have no water at all.
JOIN OUR “COMMUNITY ON THE MOVE!”
The Town of Rivers and Rural Municipality of Daly have been home to many residents and businesses since the “door to the land of promise” was opened wide in 1907 by Grand Trunk Pacific Railway president Sir Charles Rivers-Wilson. This home town community continues to attract industry, business, residents and visitors for the many advantages of living in a small community — friendly and helpful people, security, peacefulness with all the amenities of a larger centre. The Town of Rivers and the Rural Municipality of Daly are no exceptions to the rule. In this community, people always greet you with a smile and are willing to help out when you need a hand. Rivers has its own police department, hospital, and two schools with a growing economic base, recreation facilities, and many supportive community groups.
The Town of Rivers is seeking representatives to sit on the following Boards. CDC (Community Development Corporation) LSRCD (Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District) Please contact the municipal office for more information or to submit your name as a representative of the Town of Rivers.