Last month, I wrote to downplay any effectiveness of the water treatment advisory meeting, so I figured fair is fair, and I want to commend them on an excellent and informative meeting this time. Yes, a deep water intake in Comox Lake is proposed and it would appear that a low sand filtration system will be the least expensive and probably the method chosen for filtration. Not to say we didn’t have a few naysayers attend. The environmentalists were there, and if we had lots of money, it would be great to buy out all the lot owners around the lake, buy the adjacent land from Timber West, get rid of BC Hydro and restrict the lake from recreational use, but that’s a pipe dream and to even bring it up at a meeting on the type of water system we will have was a waste of everyone’s time. Then there were the people who want the pie in the sky water treatment plant….sorry folks, 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. My suggestion is if the provincial Health Authority wants us to treat the water, where is their cash input? It’s all good to say you must do this, so back it up…with a provincial grant.
The best suggestion of the night was to raise the level of the dam, even as little as three feet, then we would not still be having water restrictions come late summer, but that is something BC Hydro is not considering.