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Board Meeting Agendas – March 11th

The agendas for the Regional Hospital District Board and Regional Board meetings to be held on March 11, 2021 at 10:00 am are available for viewing in the Agendas/Minutes page on the PRRD website. The Regional Board will consider first three readings of the 2021-2025 Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw, and first three readings and adoption of the PRRHD Annual Budget Bylaw.

Board meetings are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19, but members of the public are invited to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Filter installed at Boundary Water Station

In order to improve the taste of the water distributed by the bottle fill station an activated carbon filter was installed on the distribution line at the Boundary Water Station.

This filter removes the residual chlorine after the water is filtered and disinfected. This means that if the water is stored for a longer period of time before it is consumed that bacterial growth could redevelop.

Please note that the bottle fill may have wait times if the tank loader is full. This is to ensure disinfection of the water prior to filling.

Committee recommends closure of Rose Prairie Water Station

March 4, 2021 — The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Electoral Area Directors Committee is recommending that the PRRD Regional Board authorize closure and ceasing of operations of the Rose Prairie potable water bulk fill station at its upcoming March 11 meeting.

The water station, located in Electoral Area B, had been scheduled to open on February 21. Prior to the opening, explosive levels of gas were detected in the air within the treatment storage tank and the well casing. The opening was cancelled and further testing during the following week revealed continued levels of gas within the casing. Low levels of oxygen were detected at the floor and ceiling areas of the pump house.

“We acknowledge that this is disappointing to many area residents, who have been waiting for some time for a reliable source of clean drinking water in that area,” says Electoral B Area Director Karen Goodings. “The Committee is also recommending that the Board of Directors authorize a feasibility study in the Rose Prairie area to identify other areas, with treatable surface or ground water sources, where a new water station could be established.”

Before the planned opening date no trace of gas had ever been detected at the station. The information from the site operator and the BC Oil & Gas Commission, who both conducted further testing, indicates that the water chemistry changed between February 19 and the planned opening date to the point where operational risk was determined.

The Electoral Area Directors Committee is also recommending to the Regional Board that staff organize a virtual town hall meeting with Rose Prairie and area residents so the PRRD can hear from them directly and share information. If that recommendation is approved by the Regional Board, the meeting will be held in late March.

Contact information:
Jeff McDonald, Communications Manager
250-219-0447
jeff.mcdonald@prrd.bc.ca

Northern Health issues COVID-19 immunization update

Northern Health has announced that it is completing Phase 1 immunizations this month, and moving into vaccinations for Phase 2. Phase 2 groups include:

  • people receiving long-term home support services and staff
  • seniors and high-risk people residing in independent living and senior’s supportive housing (including staff),
  • those aged 70+ that are living with those in independent living or long-term home support services.
  • residents and staff in congregate settings, including:
    • shelters;
    • supportive seniors projects;
    • supportive housing;
    • adult group homes;
    • mental health & substance Use group settings;
    • Community Living BC; and
    • correctional facilities.

Beginning March 8, 2021, seniors aged 80+ born before 1941 and Indigenous people aged 65+ (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) born in or before 1956, who are not living in independent living or seniors’ supportive housing, can make one call to book their appointment through Northern Health’s call centre according to a staggered schedule.There is no requirement to register before booking. Immunization clinic locations will be confirmed at the time of booking, with vaccinations starting as early as March 15.

The contact information for the Northern Health region, complete call-in schedules, hours of operations and step-by-step instructions on how to call to book an appointment or to book an appointment for a loved one will be available on March 8, 2021, through gov.bc.ca/bcseniorsfirst, and on the Northern Health website.The toll free phone number is 1-844-255-7555.

Rose Prairie water station opening delayed

The PRRD’s Rose Prairie water station will not open tomorrow (Monday, February 22) as planned because of unforeseen technical problems. We apologize for the inconvenience and delay; we will open the station as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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