Not time to cut corners on water treatment

Dear editor,

Re: Water Treatment Meeting Informative (Paul Ellegood letter, March 10)

Please, not so fast, Paul Ellegood, Area B.

This is not the time to cut corners on water treatment.

To protect our watershed for current and future generations is paramount;  to suggest that searching for, and discussing the best possible options (including, for example, systems that while more expensive, are also more effective) is “pie in the sky” suggests that the bottom line on this is money.  I think the bottom line is that we had better protect our water – not only from environmental pollution, but increasingly from the threat of corporate takeover.

Mr. Ellegood seems to believe that ‘environmentalists’ want to restrict recreational use of the lake;  in fact, the only activity mentioned by us was the use of speedboats on the lake.

Curiously, he also states that “most of the time, we don’t even need to treat the water, it’s that good, so why go to the extra expense of this treatment.” This begs so many questions I hardly know where to start:  does he really imagine we could drink the water right out of the lake?  Successive boil water advisories suggest otherwise.

The BC government is currently working on the province’s Water Sustainability Act; we need to insist that this act protect all the watersheds in British Columbia. As the Amish saying goes: ‘we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.’

Michele Lampron

Comox Valley



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