Update – As of 4 p.m. the transfer station is once again open.
Fort St. John’s waste transfer station has been shut down for nearly a day and the closure is causing problems for several residents and industry in the area.
The transfer station has been closed since around 2 p.m. Thursday.
The billing computer which records the amount of waste that is dumped at the station failed along with the backup system, says Jeremy Garner, the City’s utilities superintendant.
Garner says the computer system should be up and running by late Friday afternoon. However, that’s providing little consolation to Garry Brimacomde, owner of NOR-VAC Vacuum Truck Services.
Brimacomde says he generally services 300 clients and right now eight of them are waiting for him to drain their sewer tanks. He says those eight customers have full tanks and are unable to even go to the bathroom. The problem also occurs, he says, because there are other companies in the same situation, and the number of customers with full tanks is growing.
However, since the 24-hour transfer station is the only one in the area, it causes problems when it is shut down not only for rural residents, but industry that also uses the station.
Garner says the dump had to be closed because the City has to be able to monitor what goes into the station.
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Garner says the City needs to be able to ensure certain chemicals that could harm the lagoons are not dumped at the transfer station.