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Posted 10 months ago.


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 one day ago.

Oxford County has provided the Township with an update on large article collection. 

Large article collection is running behind schedule. Any areas not completed today will be picked up on Monday, May 17. We apologize for any inconvenience. For updates, visit www.wasteline.ca or download the Wasteline app.


Posted 2 days ago.

SIGN UP: Southwestern Public Health is hosting a Pfizer Pop-Up Clinic with limited spots avialable on May 19.  

This clinic is for eligible individuals only.

Hurry! Registration closes on May 14!

Sign up here: https://app.swpublichealth.ca/.../Vaccination-Appointment...

Location details will be shared when your vaccination appointment is confirmed. Thank you!


Posted 5 days ago.

UPDATE: Southwestern Public Health has announced two updates this week for new groups eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine! Read the release for full details - https://bit.ly/3y3sNc8

Starting May 11 at 8 a.m.:

✔ Essential workers aged 16 and older who cannot work from home; those who can work from home are not eligible

✔ Adults aged 16 and older who have a specific at-risk health condition, further defined at www.swpublichealth.ca/eligibility

Starting May 13 at 8 a.m.:

✔ Adults aged 40 and older


Posted 8 days ago.

Today Southwestern Public Health launched a Same Day Vaccination List. Sign up if you are currently eligible for a vaccination but haven’t been able to get an appointment, or are waiting for your appointment.

Give them your date of birth, contact information and preferred clinic and they will call you if they have vaccine available. You must be eligible to sign up, and you must be able to arrive within 30 minutes. They will call on a first come, first served basis. THIS IS FOR FIRST DOSES ONLY.

Sign up today: https://forms.swpublichealth.ca/Same-Day-Vaccination-List


Posted 10 days ago.

UPDATE: Southwestern Public Health has announces that beginning May 6 at 8 a.m., these groups are eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment:

✔ Adults aged 50+

✔Group 1 Essential Workers Who Cannot Work From Home

This is a specific group of workers:

  • Elementary/secondary school workers
  • Workers responding to critical events
  •  Enforcement, inspection and compliance roles
  • Foster care agency workers
  • Food manufacturing and distribution workers
  • Agriculture and farm workers
  • Funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers

If your work type is not identified above, you are not yet eligible. More essential workers who cannot work from home will be eligible soon.

Questions? Read the Ministry's full list of Essential Workers guidance:Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan | COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ontario

For more information visit Southwestern Public Health's Website on COVID-19 Vaccines


Posted 12 days ago.

East Zorra-Tavistock is participating in Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week May 2-8, 2021, an annual national public education initiative that focuses on the importance of being prepared for emergencies.

Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face - whether natural or human-induced.

By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere. It is important to:

• Know the risks: although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare;

• Make a plan: make sure everyone in your household knows what to do before, during, and after an emergency;

• Get an emergency kit: during an emergency, we will all need some basic supplies. We may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.

Visit www.getprepared.ca for more resources to help you and your family prepare for all types of emergencies.

This year, the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to have unprecedented impact on Canadians. While governments at all levels are working hard to keep Canada safe; now, more than ever, we understand that we all have a role to play in emergency preparedness.

You can help to protect yourself, and others, against COVID-19 by staying informed. We encourage all Canadians visit Canada.ca/coronavirus for the latest information on the response to COVID-19 and more tips on how to continue to help prevent the spread.

Please do your part! Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better - both during and after a major disaster. Get an emergency kit now - it can make a world of difference.


Posted 16 days ago.

UPDATE: Southwestern Public Health has confirmed that starting April 30 at 8 a.m., adults aged 55 and older can book a COVID-19 appointment in our region.

Additional groups are also set to become eligible next week. Details: https://bit.ly/3vvR7By

Visit www.swpublichealth.ca/eligibility for a full list and how to book an appointment.

Know someone aged 60 or older who is struggling to book? Sign them up here and we will help them:

https://forms.swpublichealth.ca/COVID-19-Help-List


Posted 16 days ago.

Beginning on Monday May 3rd, annual gravel application will begin across the Township; and beginning on Wednesday May 5th, dust suppressant application will begin as well.

Work will be completed over the next month.

Please slow down and practice safe driving when you see staff at work.


Posted 16 days ago.

UPDATE: If you operate a licensed childcare facility, public health will soon contact you with details about how your workers can book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

If you operate or work in a childcare setting that is not licensed, please pre-register as an essential workplace at swpublichealth.ca/preregisteracohort. You are not yet eligible to book an appointment, but will be in the coming weeks.

For more information visit: COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility - Southwestern Public Health (swpublichealth.ca)


Posted 23 days ago.

Southwestern Public Health has updated the eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to include those age 16+ with the following high risk health conditions:

☑ Obesity (BMI>40)

☑ Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity weakening medications)

☑ People with intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down Syndrome)

In addition, one primary essential caregiver for an individual with an eligible high risk health condition is now also eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Written documentation or proof of an eligible health condition is not required from a health care provider. Self-attestation is accepted.

➡️ Primary essential caregivers are individuals who provide regular and sustained assistance with personal care and/or activities of daily living. For clarity, if the individual with the eligible health condition cannot receive the vaccine (e.g. under the age of 16), the primary essential caregiver is still eligible.

For more information visit: COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility - Southwestern Public Health (swpublichealth.ca)


Posted 24 days ago.

The Council of the Corporation of the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock intends to consider the 2021 Operating and Capital Budget By-law on:

Wednesday May 5th, 2021 at 9:30 am
via ZOOM

Any written comments will be considered by Council at which time they will then consider the 2021 budget for approval.

Additional information related to the 2021 budget is available on the Township website budget page or can be obtained from:

Karen DePrest
Chief Administrative Officer/ Treasurer
Township of East Zorra-Tavistock
90 Loveys Street
Hickson, ON, N0J 1L0

Phone: 519-462-2697
Fax: 519-462-2961
Email: kdeprest@ezt.ca


Posted one month 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 one month 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 one month 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.

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