Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
-Wednesday, July 11, TW IITMMIDOI HERALD 39 Pioneer municipal sewage treatment project? Sask. experiment uses effluent to irrigate farmland DAVIDSON, Sask. (CP) Agricultural irrigation, a fact of life in Southern Alberta for many years and emerging in the central Saskatchewan area around Lake Diefenba- ker, is a relative baby in this community mid-way between Regina and Saskatoon. White the Alberta and cen- tral Saskatchewan areas use pure water, the experiment here in the heartland of tradi- tional dryland farming uses effluent from a sewage la- goon. It could prove to be a pioneering forerunner of mu- nicipal sewage treatment for the large area of the Qu'Appelle River basin. Robert Cool, a farmer, live- stock feeder and farm ma- chinery dealer, will use the water from tte town's lagoon to irrigate his adjacent 35- acre alfalfa and brome grass crop. The community of per- sons has .used the lagoon sys- tem of sewage disposal for many years and has two large pools southeast of the town. The lagoon water was run off, each fall and spring, into a creek which eventually flowed Mo the Qu'Appelle River drainage basin. A study report on the basin said that 52 small commu- nities, in addition to Regina and Moose Jaw, were drain- ing their effluent into the sys- tem and contributing to gross pollution and the prolific in- festation of algae in the once- beautiful Qu'Appelle lakes. Ted Old, motel operator and the town's mayor, said his community faced with es- tablishing another lagoon and that the experiment should be an advantage to both Mr. Cool and the A new lagoon would have cost the town up to white the irrigation system cost a bit more than "We nearly had it going in 1969 but the environmental people were not as strong he said. The town has received a grant of 25 per cent of the cost from Central Mortgage and Housing Corp. and hopes to receive another 25 per cent from the Saskatchewan water resources board, an arm of the municipal affairs depart- ment. The project had its begin- megs several yean ago when a group of unhappy farmers protested poHntton of their du- gouts and sloughs by the town's effluent. Mayor Old said a federal agency did a survey but there was no gov- ernment encouragement to adopt the farmers' suggestion that sewage be used to irri- gste some land. After the Qu'Appelle basin study recommended irrigation as a possible means of dis- posing of effletmt from sew- age lagoons the Davidson Study Group, sponsored jointly by the National Farm- ers Union and the University of Saskatchewan extension de- partment, took up the cause as part of its study into pollu- tion in general. The group as- sisted town council in looking for grants .and, through the lo- cal agricultural representa- tive, John Kunkel, arranged for an engineering survey and soil tests on the Cool farm. All reports came back posi- tive and encouraging. The irrigation system was imtalled this spring. Mayor OM said the irri- gated acreage can be ex- panded in the future if it proves its worth. He empha- sizes, however, that the proj- ect is in the experimental stage. Murray Prescott, environ- mental protection service chief, said productive crop land would ba able to handle all of Davidson's sewage ef- fluent, with most of the nutri- ents absorbed by plants and the remainder held in place in impervious soil just below the runoff level. Mr. Cool is optimistic and plans to use the effluent-aided grass crops to feed cattle on his feedlot. "I'm confident that I'll be able to double the acreage from the present he said. Mayor Old said there al- ready have been inquiries about tba system and Moose Jaw is developing its own pi- lot project to find out if it might eliminate or reduce the need for an additional million tertiary sewage treat- ment plant. The environmental protec- tion service, with technical help from the Saskatchewan Research Council, will make an intensive study this sum- mer. Based on the Davidson ex- perience, it will look into the efficiency of various types of sprinkler systems, the rate of application of effluent to en- sure maximum plant absorb- tion of the nutrients, and the makeup of the soil in various parts of the grain belt that might lead to retention of the nutrients not absorbed by the growing plants. THE AAOUNTIES Written by members and ex-members themselves. Missing still Half a century ago, there was a nice little export busi- ness going on in the prairie provinces that never made the headlines the way a similar business did on the east coast. With prohibition in force in the United States and various degrees of restriction across Canada, there were definite for enterprising busi- nessmen. A number of Prairie fanners expanded their opera- tions considerably. Insteadof making just eOOUgfa hOUlCbWSW for themselves and their friends, they decided to help their thirsty neighbors to the south. The neighbors .were quite willing to come and take deli- very of the finished product from the fanner himself. Needless to say, this provid- ed a great deal of for the police. As soon as one still another one sprang 19 on the next quarter-section. It was a never ending series of skirmish- es. In one particular small town, the moment a policeman stepp- ed off the train, the telephone office sent out a general call over all the rural lines to re- port that they would be shipping bogs on Saturday. Needless to say, bogs were never shipped on Saturdays, but the moment that can vent out, an precau- tions were taken. If there was any brew in any farm borne, it was safely stowed away in case there should be a search. There was a tinsmith in this same town who made hunsefll a fortune manufacturing solid copper wasbboilers and a few crpper attachments that went tlong with them. Tfoe farmers' wives must have been very par- ticular about their wash water in those days. Bat although these copper products of bis were of first class mamtfac- ive. they were not seizure- After a raid, seizure and c: serpent conviction, there nothing the fanner could do but get himself a new out- fit. Some of the stills were kept in the most ingenious places. In- side strawstacks, behind false walls in pig pens and countless other improbable spots. In those days, there were no trained dogs who could sniff out still, so the police bad to rely on their own ingenuity to lo- cate the evidence. There was one renowned bootlegger they knew all about, but try as they might, they were never able to get any evi- dence on him. Searches of the house and piopeity never tam- ed up as much as a smeU. Fin- ally the detachment decided to give this farmer one more shot The corporal and his constable spent almost a whole day checking through every coiner of the bouse and the quite ex- tensive farm buildings. They went through the bluffs and the hayrfafky and every other possible place where a barrel or a still could be hidden and never turned up a single shred of evidence. On in the evening, they de- cided to can it a day. The cor- poral got into the police car, parked on the farm driveway. The constable said, "Hold ft a minute, stepped be- hind a large clump of bushes oat of sight of the house, for purposes other than the search, and feU six feet down through the apparently solid ground right onto the still beneath. WAR STORY SEQUEL VANCOUVTR (CP. Dr. J. 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