(Reblogged with kind permission from Eye on Norquay. This is a project with three 14-storey residential towers on one site, by Westbank Projects Corp (CEO Ian Gillespie), designed by Henriquez Partners Architects. We have covered this project several times before, including first mention here. Other bylaw violations have also been documented by Eye on Norquay. Is our municipal government consistently failing to enforce City bylaws, even while repeatedly approving new applications by the same companies?)
On 9 November 2015 the City of Vancouver was notified of Storm Drain Abuse at 2220 Kingsway. After more than three working weeks flagrant noncompliance continues at the site.
Above see three hoses carrying water into the City of Vancouver storm drain on 2 December 2015. The green one traces back to the processing equipment. The two collapsible red ones run in the opposite direction, apparently serving a pump-out of unprocessed water from the large excavation pictured below.
A casual glance at the hoses beside the treatment tanks shows possible improvements to that situation over the past week.
The disconnected hose ends below were photographed on 26 November 2015:
Below is how the same area appeared on 2 December 2015:
Vancouver experienced 11.6 mm of precipitation on 1 December 2015. (11.6 mm = 0.457 inches.) The 2220 Kingsway site covers 2.3 acres (= 0.93 hectares). Do the math. That is more than 100,000 litres of water.
It seems likely that insufficient processing equipment was provided for the site. Below is a photo from early 2015. No capacity has been added.
If City of Vancouver license inspectors have to allow a too-big-to-comply developer to go on disregarding proper site wastewater processing, how much slack do their masters tell them to cut on other “inspections”?
If a big developer tries to manage costs by cutting this particular corner in full public view, what other less visible corners get cut to serve the bottom line?
How much will City of Vancouver taxpayers have to fork out downstream later on to remediate the silt that is being pushed into the storm drain?