Temagami looking to reduce water infiltration in lagoon

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TEMAGAMI – The Municipality of Temagami is taking steps to address water infiltration issues into the sanitary system in Temagami North.

It was noted at Temagami council’s regular meeting March 25 that the municipality has been working with the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) to develop a strategy that would reduce water infiltration into the lagoon.

“We are looking at having the smoke tests done, probably in July, when it’s a little bit drier,” said treasurer-administrator Craig Davidson at the March 25 meeting.

“We have been trying to get some ways where we can determine the level of infiltration through the manhole covers in the low areas of Temagami North, including Goward Avenue.”

The smoke tests will be completed to pinpoint areas where sump pumps, or down spouts, have been connected to the sanitary sewer system, rather than using the storm sewer and ditch system, noted Davidson.

Determining where infiltration is occurring, and then taking appropriate steps to limit it is key to further residential development in Temagami North, he said.

“Without this step, we would most likely be looking at steps to enlarge our lagoon or other, more costly, treatment measures before adding more lots to any proposed developments.”

Jamie Mountain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temiskaming Speaker