Repairs underway on town’s “new” water upgrade

No will willing to take the blame, repairs finally get underway on Cache Creek's new water treatment upgrade - a year later.

Almost a year to the day that Cache Creek’s  new  $2.5 million water treatment upgrade should have been fired up and operating, repairs are finally getting underway to fix two pipes that fractured as the plant was being commissioned a year ago.

No one is admittingthey made a mistake, said Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta.

“We don’t think it was our fault,” he said. “The construction company didn’t think it was their fault. The construction company (Wildstone Construction and Engineering Ltd.) didn’t think it was their fault.” And neither did the engineers, Stantech Inc.

Ranta said the Village has met with Stantech and Wildstone over the past year and finally “worked out a solution to replace the pipes, at significant cost to the Village.”

Ranta wouldn’t quote a figure, citing a non-disclosure agreement among the three parties.

Nor will the Village receive compensation from anyone for a new water treatment plant upgrade that has been sitting idle for the past year awaiting repairs.

The system was ordered by Interior Health in 2005 to filter and treat the town’s drinking water.

The contractor was on site two weeks ago, but brought the wrong size of pipe required for the repairs.

Last February, Ranta stated: “We don’t see it as being a significant challenge to replace the pipes if that’s all that’s required,” he said.

Work on the plant was actually finished in the Summer of 2011, but an undersized pump went unnoticed  until the Fall and prevented startup of the plant.

The current repairs are expected to be finished by mid-February, and the plant will be commissioned once more after those are completed.

Council is hoping that the plant will be functioning soon after that.

Just Posted

Cache Creek council votes to rejoin local transit system

Details need to be worked out, but hopes are that change can be expedited

Ashcroft residents get information at Community Forum

Water treatment plant, recycling, an Eco-Depot, the budget, and more among items addressed

Elizabeth May’s wedding will be a ‘low-carbon affair’ in Victoria on Earth Day

Green party leader’s wedding party to depart in a cavalcade of electric cars

Gas prices spike in northern B.C. ahead of the long weekend

Fuel went up 17 cents overnight in Prince Rupert

Dashcam captures close call between minivan, taxi at busy Vancouver intersection

To make the footage more nerve-wracking, a pedestrian can be seen standing at the corner

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Seattle’s 4-20 ‘protestival’ enjoys tolerance, some support – and B.C. could do the same

Seattle’s Hempfest a large-scale occasions with vendors, prominent musical acts and thousands of attendees

Most Read