Hullcar water

Resident challenges the minister of health to take immediate action

I have just watched four questions asked of the minister of health, Terry Lake. They are questions dealing with the ministry’s lack of action regarding the nitrates in the Hullcar aquifer. I despair our leadership.

The Save Hullcar Aquifer Team sent the same material to both the ministry and the opposition.

More than two years ago, the various ministries and the farmer in question were advised by the Steele Springs water board that the nitrates were increasing from their normal level of three parts per million.

No action, other than meetings, was taken until the nitrates reached the danger point of more than 10 parts per million.

At this point, the Interior Health Authority issued a water quality advisory Steele Springs. Since that time, the Ministry of Environment has allowed four more manure applications by the farmer.

Our water is not more than 13 parts per million. Is it too much to ask the minister to acknowledge the truth and act upon it?

Eric Greenwood, past-trustee

Steele Springs Waterworks District