EPCOR outrage

As a resident of French Creek I was shocked and disappointed by the water rate increases that were recently approved for EPCOR.

As a resident of French Creek I was shocked and disappointed by the water rate increases that were recently approved for EPCOR. French Creek residents are already being grossly overcharged for water, as compared to at least one other local community.

Here is a comparison of the actual water consumption, and costs, for two residential units — one in French Creek, with water supplied by EPCOR, and the other in Qualicum Beach, with water supplied by the town.

The period covered is Oct. 1, 2014 to Sept. 30, 2015.

Qualicum Beach water consumption: 154 (cubic metres). French Creek: 185.

Amount billed, Qualicum Beach — $108.

Amount billed, French Creek — $510.88.

So, while the occupants of the French Creek home used a bit more water than those in the Qualicum Beach home (20 per cent more) they were billed more than four times as much.

Something is terribly wrong here. How can EPCOR get away with such overcharging?

Bear in mind that these numbers do not reflect a full year of the new, much higher water rates recently approved. A best guess is that, with EPCOR’s new rates in effect, residents of French Creek will likely be paying five times as much for water as those living in Qualicum Beach.

Len MustardFrench Creek

Just Posted

Parksville Qualicum Beach drivers spotted speeding, missing stop signs and talking on cellphones

Intersection of Marks Avenue and Highway 4A in Parksville is big for scofflaws

Rare white ravens spotted again in Coombs

Nature photographer Mike Yip said mysterious birds back in the region

Sand sculpture winners announced at Parksville Beach Festival

Works from international competitors on display until Aug. 18

Coombs resident wants better transit service to area

Pilcher said it would especially help people with physical challenges

Parksville security camera rebate program raises concerns for privacy advocates

‘Everyone has the right to their own privacy within their own home and their own area’

‘Bad choices make good stories’: Margaret Trudeau brings her show to Just for Laughs

Trudeau says over the decades she has been suicidal, manic, depressed

UPDATE: Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre shut down during police incident

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

Crown recommends up to two-year jail term for former Bountiful leader

Crown says sentence range should be 18 months to two years for Bountiful child removal case

VIDEO: Wolf spotted swimming ashore on northern Vancouver Island

Island wolf population estimated at under 150 in 2008, says VI-Wilds

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

B.C. couple bring son home from Nigeria after long adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran of Abbotsford spent almost a year waiting to finalize adoption of Ayo, 3

Garneau ‘disappointed’ in airlines’ move against new passenger bill of rights

New rules codified compensation for lost luggage, overbooked flights

Mercury tops out on top of the world: Alert in Nunavut warmer than Victoria

It’s the latest anomaly in what’s been a long, hot summer across the Arctic

Most Read