Barriere septage pits will close on May 1

Environmental Health Services Department would like to announce the closure of the Barriere septage pits, effective May 1.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s Environmental Health Services Department would like to announce the closure of the Barriere septage pits, effective May 1.

“The septage pits are being closed as part of the Barriere  landfill closure which will help pave the way for a new Eco-Depot in the area,” said Don May, Manager of Environmental Health Services. “We’re continuing to work with municipal government personnel in Barriere to find alternative options for septage disposal in the North Thompson. Until an alternative disposal facility is developed septage haulers will have to use septage receiving facilities in Kamloops.”

The septage pits need to be closed for a few reasons. The septage pits are administered by landfill attendants who will no longer be present when the landfill closes. The septage pits are  located on soil resources that are needed for landfill closure. Septage pits are not sustainable in the long terms as they provide no treatment of effluent and do not meet current environmental standards.

Being located above the landfill is another concern because effluent percolating into the ground may create or add to leachate generated by the landfill.

The Barriere landfill is expected to be closed sometime this fall. Work has already started on the Louis Creek Eco-Depot. The TNRD hopes to have the Eco-Depot operational by the end of September. The closure of the Barriere septage pits is of an urgent nature because they need to be dewatered for closure operations. Once the pits are dewatered, the underlying soil will be used for cover material in the closure of the landfill.

The landfill is being replaced by an Eco-Depot  –  a regional solid waste re-load centre that accommodates recycling and disposal needs. Built to handle larger volumes plus provide more services than transfer stations. Eco-Depots provide a drop-off site for a wider range of recyclable materials such as waste paint, used motor oil, wood, yard waste, metals and household recyclables.