From Sludge to Sneer?
This report updates on the situation described in Sludge Straight into Sewer. Half a week onward, Westbank’s contractor at 2220 Kingsway has ripped off the covers of at least two on-site sewer drains and stuffed the drain holes with dirt. Imagine what could happen with a heavy rain storm. An inch of mud coating Kingsway?
Is the developer now saying to Norquay, you think a little mud matters? Ha! Take that!
Will the City of Vancouver allow this environmental abuse to continue and escalate?
Photos of Sludge-Dump Sewer Grate Area on February 16 — 17 — 18
The photo sequence below raises a big question. What environmental standards apply to excavating around an existing storm sewer opening? Is it OK to stuff the sewer with dirt?
Photo 1 of 9 — Monday 16 February 2015 11:45 am
Photo 2 of 9 — Tuesday 17 February 2015 1:00 pm
Another Group of Sewer Openings February 16 — 17 — 18
Photo 5 of 9 — Tuesday 17 February 2015 1:00 pm
Photo 6 of 9 — Wednesday 18 February 2015 1:00 pm
Continuing Discharge of Contaminated Water?
The two photos below make a strong case that on-site wastewater at 2220 Kingsway has continued to be discharged directly into the storm sewer. There appears to be no hookup yet to city water supply. Where else could that volume of water be coming from?
The pump in Photo 7 shows the only apparent way that substantial volume of water could be flowed.
The pumped-out pond in Photo 8 shows the only apparent source for such a volume of water. Evaporation does not seem plausible. A sump hose is lying there.
Photo 7 of 9 — Portable Pump on February 16 at 11:45 am
Photo 8 of 9 — Empty Pond on February 17 at 1:00 pm
Compare with previous photo of same smaller greenish-water pond:
Photo 9 of 9 — Smaller Pond, Different, Angle, on February 13 at 3:30 pm
If dumping the water without processing is the only available alternative, why would the developer not just wait until the processing apparatus becomes functional?
Why would a large-scale developer deliberately fail to observe appropriate project sequencing?
What urgency is there to dispose of the large quantity of groundwater in the pond?
Was that water tested at all before disposal?
Is the developer hoping to obtain better results by dumping a few ponds prior to any testing?
What message is Westbank sending to Norquay? We do whatever we want? Environment be damned?
There does not yet seem to be any connection to water service on site. The only apparent water lines are sump-type hoses that lead back to the south perimeter water collection pits. That water is contaminated not only by sediment but also by Canadian Tire auto servicing bay residues. It should go nowhere except into the six units of the processing apparatus.
Review the seven photos from 13 February 2015 and consider these factors:
The amount of sludge left around the sewer grate
The large pool of water at mid-site
The path taken by the water
An eyewitness report of pumping and dumping
The problems with this developer’s treatment of storm sewers seem to be ongoing and escalating.