Announcements


Posted in the Announcements page 9 months ago on Thursday, July 23, 2020.


Oxford County is upgrading one of the lagoon cells at the Tavistock Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Regular maintenance is needed to ensure the lagoon system is operating efficiently and protects the local ecosystem.

What we’ve done since our last update

In response to community feedback about odour, we paused construction in the spring to look for additional measures we could take to address this concern.

  • We temporarily returned Cell 1 to its normal operating capacity to manage odours to the degree possible. We used Bioxide (calcium nitrate) and hydrogen peroxide to more quickly restore the natural microbial biological action that is needed in the lagoon cell to most effectively break down sewage.
  • In July, we expanded our odour control system to include a new vapour pipeline system along the lagoon property line that blows a dry mist odour neutralizer through pipelines and into the air to bind with odourous materials. This expanded system is intended to provide a more effective and longer lasting odor neutralizer that can cover a wider area around the lagoon cells.
  • All sewage flows to the Tavistock WWTP are now being diverted into Cell 2. We have relocated surface aerators from Lagoon Cell 1 to Cell 2 to boost performance of this cell to prepare to restart construction on Cell 1. We’ve also set up an automated dosing system for Bioxide for Cell 2 to enhance its biological performance (and odour management capacity) during peak times.
  • We have left extra aeration time for sewage to break down in Lagoon Cell 1 before resuming construction.

Managing odour as we restart construction

Later this month, we will begin transferring treated sewage in Lagoon Cell 1 into Lagoon Cell 2. Once Cell 1 is emptied, active work can then begin to dry and remove the remaining biosolids over the latter part of the summer and early fall. The biosolids will need some time to naturally dry out and odours can be present when biosolids are first exposed to air.

In addition to the expanded vapour pipeline system, we are using chemical treatment enhancers to boost operational performance of the lagoon (Bioxide additions to Cell 2) to manage odour to the degree possible. We have also made preparations to apply thickening agents or other materials directly to the biosolids to help speed up the drying process as appropriate. We are also exploring other processes for removing biosolids that may allow a shorter drying time so that we can move them offsite sooner.

Moving forward

Oxford County is committed to the health and safety of residents and the environment. As we have explained, all operational practices during construction were reviewed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks before undertaking these essential capital upgrades, which are required to ensure the lagoon’s continued safe and effective operation.

We thank the community for its patience as we continue our work at the Tavistock WWTP while working to address your concerns. For more information on this project:

Visit our project information page at www.oxfordcounty.ca/speakup

Contact:
Jesse Keith, P.Eng., Project Engineer
1-866-537-7778, ext. 3194
jkeith@oxfordcounty.ca

Alex Brown, C. Tech, Construction Coordinator
1-866-537-7778, ext. 3138
abrown@oxfordcounty.ca

(For map with Cell 1 Vapour System Location see attached PDF file)


Posted 7 days ago.

Southwestern Public Helath has announced that adults aged 60 and older (incl. those turning 60 in 2021) are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in our region. Learn more: Eligibility Expands to those 60+ - Southwestern Public Health (swpublichealth.ca)

They have also updated their COVID-19 Vaccine Help List to invite those aged 75+ to sign up if they need help booking an appointment. Visit forms.swpublichealth.ca/COVID-19-Help-List.

Please share this message with loved ones, too.


Posted 10 days ago.

Notice of Watermain Flushing 

Hickson
The water system will be flushed on Friday, April 16, 2021, during the day, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Tavistock
The water system will be flushed starting on Sunday, April 25, 2021, during the day, between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and from Monday, April 26, 2021 to Friday, April 30, 2021, during the day, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Innerkip
The water system will be flushed on Monday, May 17, 2021 to Thursday, May 20, 2021, during the day, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

When water mains are flushed customers may experience discoloured water or sediment in the areas being flushed.

If you avoid water use during the flushing, it will help prevent dirty water being drawn into household lines. The iron in the water is an aesthetic problem and is not a health concern.

If you experience discoloured water, an outside tap or a laundry faucet not connected to a water softener or filter should be turned on after the work is completed, in order to flush the household lines. Please allow sufficient time for the water to clear.

If you continue to have problems with the water please notify Oxford County Public Works at 1-866-537-7778. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the flushing program.


Posted 12 days ago.

COVID-19 Update – Office Closure

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, declared a third provincial emergency this afternoon under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA), effective April 7, 2021.

Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the Ontario government is also issuing a stay-at-home order for 28 days requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, or for essential work.

To read more: Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order | Ontario Newsroom

Please be advised that in accordance with the Provincial Stay Home Order, the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock's municipal office will be closed as of Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Township staff are available to our residents through phone and email. During this time we encourage all residents to go to our website at http://ezt.ca/Contact-us/Staff to access online services and contact information for each department.

During this time all Controlled Burns will be allowed, however they must be confirmed by speaking with a staff member or receiving a confirmation email from staff to ensure that dispatch has been properly notified.

We are not aware of any interruption in the Waste Management schedules at this time but should this situation change we will post updates through the Township social media. If you need to purchase bag tags, they can be purchased online at: Oxford County > Services for You > Waste Management > Garbage Program

Accessing accurate and timely information will be very important over the next few weeks and so we advise all residents to regularly check for Public Health updates from Southwestern Public Health at: COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) - Southwestern Public Health (swpublichealth.ca)

These next few weeks are very important in keeping our communities healthy and we all need to do our part.


Posted 13 days ago.

Southwestern Public Helath has announced that adults aged 65 and older (incl. those turning 65 in 2021) are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in our region. Learn more: https://bit.ly/31U1n9X

They have also updated their COVID-19 Vaccine Help List to invite those aged 75+ to sign up if they need help booking an appointment. Visit forms.swpublichealth.ca/COVID-19-Help-List.

Please share this message with loved ones, too.


Posted 18 days ago.

Today, the Ontario government announced a Provincewide Emergency Brake or Shutdown effective Saturday April 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. for all 34 public health units in the province. For more information on restrictions, please visit: Ontario Implements Provincewide Emergency Brake | Ontario Newsroom or the Southwestern Public Health site: COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) - Southwestern Public Health (swpublichealth.ca)

The Township office in Hickson will remain open at reduced staffing levels. During this time we strongly encourage all residents to go to our website at http://ezt.ca/ to access online services and contact information for each department.

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