Flying J Helps Campground with Dump Woes
After seeing increasing numbers of recreational vehicles overwhelming the Nanton campground sewage dumping system, the town of Nanton, Alberta, has decided to shut it down.
At council meetings in June and July, the council has heard that non-patron recreationists using the campground dump station have been causing traffic and safety problems, as well as overwhelming the septic field there, the Nanton News reported.
It was suggested that the station be closed to all recreationists, and only the showers and the bathrooms will continue using the septic field.
Councillor Bill Szabon noted that the campground site was not intended originally to be developed as a sewer dump, and that the septic field was developed just for shower purposes at the campground.
Mayor John Blake made the motion to shut down the dump station.
He said that he believed that the proximity of the septic field to the creek would mean that if the septic field failed, the campground would never get another field.
“I’m making the motion on the hope that we don’t have to accept any more outside crap,” said Blake.
The town has discussed the need for a dumping station with representatives from the Pilot Flying J truck stop, and they have agreed to install a dump station at the truck stop as part of the renovations.
As a result, campers will still have a place to dump their sewage, although Flying J will place a $10 dump fee.
“We will be getting the impact still from the Flying J, but we won’t be seeing a nickel of that money,” said Councillor Rick Rogers. “We’ll be picking up every RV and trailer that should not have been allowed in the first place.”
Rogers said he had concerns with the sewer plant being overwhelmed as a result of this, and the town would be responsible for the sewage without seeing any revenues.
Chief Administrative Officer Brad Mason said that the sewer rates are based on water consumption, and the truck stop is already one of the town’s biggest water users, and this station and sewage would be covered as part of the rate.
“The town has been getting the reputation of being the crap dump,” said Rogers, adding he thinks that the town should get a percentage of the dump fee from the Flying J.
“I don’t think that we’re going to see that much of a difference,” said Councillor Bill Szabon.
Council passed the motion to close the dump station.
Signage will be placed at the campground advising of the new dump station location.