Water rates

LETTER: Lousy water for high prices

I am in total support of the opinion of David Rice. The city seems to be charging what they like for water that is of poor quality and often poor tasting and undrinkable. Water comes out the ground and is essentially “free,” the costs incurred are the delivery system. When the water is of poor quality and has too many minerals in it that infrastructure needs more maintenance and repairs. If the city was smart they would treat and filter the water at the source and safeguard the infrastructure and save money for the taxpaying public. Instead they add a quarterly surcharge. This city council needs to check the facts and get better direction from experts instead of fumbling along doing what they “think” is right when they really don’t know. Makes me wonder who is providing them with the information towards the water problem. I have lived many places in B.C. and never had to pay so much for such lousy water anywhere else including Victoria, Nanaimo, and Salmon Arm. The water system is a monopoly and providing it in a safe, effective and low cost manner is our right as citizens in Canada. The city needs to change its policy towards it or we should be changing them.



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